A few years ago, a friend and I found ourselves in the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. While waiting in the gift shop for our guided tour, we stumbled upon a series of place mats designed to help kids learn Important Facts about our Great Republic. One place mat listed our Presidents in order. One featured a time line of American History. By far the best, however, was the one that listed each state’s motto.
Folks, there are some great state mottoes out there, from the simple (“Hope”- Rhode Island) to the needlessly wordy (“If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you”- Michigan) (although it does seem a little tighter in Latin) to the blatantly offensive to women (“Manly deeds, womanly words”- Maryland) (A friend of mine claims this is a cleaned up version of the old motto- “Men act, women speak.” Please note that I haven’t verified this outrageous accusation as of this writing.)
We ended up getting so wrapped up in and amused by the State Mottoes place mat, we decided not to take the tenement tour, which was fine because we already felt extremely guilty about not having been forced to live in squalor in the early 1900s.
Fast forward to a few evenings ago when, while casting around for something stimulating to do, I happened upon a WIKIPEDIA LIST OF STATE MOTTOES. Imagine my delight when I found not only mottoes for all 50 US States, but also mottoes for US insular areas AND the District of Columbia! Which brings me to this week’s Teaser:
Click on the above link and scroll down to the insular areas. Then, answer the following questions:
1. Isn’t Puerto Rico’s motto hilarious?
2. What’s the deal with that, anyway?
-Norm De Plume
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