What is the only U.S. state to have a motto in Italian?
- New Mexico
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Answer: The old Italian proverb “Fatti maschii, parole femine” is the official state motto of Maryland. According to the state of Maryland, the phrase translates to “strong deeds, gentle words.” Yet this is willfully misleading. The direct translation is hardly gentle: “Manly deeds, womanly words.” The phrase was uttered by Pope Clement VII in the 1500s. Centuries later, in 1959, long after the Calvert family, Maryland’s founders, had incorporated it into its shield in around 1648, the state officially adopted a new seal that featured the words.
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