Et in Arcadia Ego…


In English, Latin loan-words carry overtones of intellectual,

moral and aesthetic superiority that are not

borne by their Anglo-Saxon equivalents:

‘maternal’ for ‘motherly’ for example or ‘intoxicated’ for ‘drunk’ etc.


Unfortunately, our word for ego, ‘personality’, is derived from the Latin,

and thus carries with it a high degree of respectability.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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