Motto Engraved on Library Gets Lost In Translation

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (AP) -
The wrong Latin inscription at the Moorestown Library. (AP Photo/Burlington County Times, Dennis Mc Donald)
The wrong Latin inscription at the Moorestown Library. (AP Photo/Burlington County Times, Dennis Mc Donald)

The Latin motto engraved on the wall of a new library in southern New Jersey got lost in translation.

Officials had thought the phrase “Nos Secundus Coniecto Omnia” on an exterior wall of the new Moorestown Library meant “we confirm all things twice.” But it actually means “we second-guess all.” Architect Rick Ragan learned of the problem from residents who translated it online.

Ragan says he’ll pay a stone cutter to change the phrase to “We encourage all.” He’ll also have the Roman numerals fixed to reflect the proper year.