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Prepare for War

by Jason Stotts

(Source: Wiki-Commons)

In handguns, one of the most common rounds is the 9mm parabellum (9x19mm or 9mm Luger).  What is interesting about this is that the latin appendage “parabellum” means “prepare for war” from the latin phrase “si vis pacem, para bellum,” which means “if you want peace, prepare for war.”

I always think it’s interesting to find little quirks and hidden references in our language that I hadn’t noticed before.  If anyone else has some fun ones to add, please feel free to leave a comment.