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Latin and sometimes abbreviated V.V.V.V.V., this is a line from the 1952 published diary of Aleister Crowley, later used in the 1980 Robert Nye novel Faust, and used again in the 1982 Alan Moore graphic novel V for Vendetta and the 2005 film adaptation of the same title.

Meant to be translated "By the power of truth, I, while living, have conquered the universe," the components of the motto actually parse as follows:

Vi - from vis, vis, noun, "force, power," ablative singular, a correct translation as "by the power."

Veri - from verum, substantive adjective, "(a) true (thing)" (not "truth," which would be veritas, veritatis), genitive singular, a genuinely poor translation as "of truth," because the better word here would definitely be veritatis, and it wouldn't even interrupt the "V" alliterative motif.

Vniversum - from universum, substantive adjective, "(the) whole,…

There are times you read a book and you forget everything about it - its name, author, colour; everything except maybe a single sentence or character. Long ago, I read a book that had a comparison of Islam and Christianity. The bit I remember is about how Islam has lots of detailed rules because its founder was a trader, and thus concerned with standardization. Trading requires consistency in measurements, contract terms and standards of quality. Thus, this background was instrumental in…

In The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, the Helcaraxë is an inhospitable region of perpetually shifting pack ice known in the Common tongue as "Grinding Ice" and in Elvish as "Ice Fangs." This region provided the only crossing of the great sea Belegaer that was traversable on foot. Because of this, it was used as an escape route for Morgoth and Ungoliant when fleeing the Valar during the First Age, and it was used again as a path of exodus by Fingolfin to…

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