01 May 2005

Phrases & Abbreviations Catholics Use

"You get a Christmas card from a Catholic and at the bottom she writes 'J.M.J.' What's the deal?

Catholics are wont to sprinkle abbreviations, Latin (sometimes Greek) phrases, and abbreviations of Latin (or Greek) phrases in their letters and sig lines, on their websites, and so on. You will also see abbreviations in icons and other types of sacred art. Here's a little guide to help you understand what these mean...

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat - Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands
+-(:-): The Pope emoticon
Kyrie eleison : Lord, have mercy (Greek)

Maybe I should also do this and sprinkle my posts with such terms as;

Clickem ads abovis needus moolah
Habemus iPod
Needus Worldi Warcraftum