Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find a phrase below, in one ancient language or another, along with its English translation. You may also find the power to inspire your friends or provoke dread among your enemies.

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Montani Semper Liberi


Mountaineers Always Free

Montani Semper Liberi is the official motto of the state of West Virginia, USA. It is also part of the coat of arms for the Colombian city of Bucaramanga. It was adopted as the official motto of West Virginia in Article II, Section 2-7, of the state constitution signed in 1872. This article specifically states: “[t]he present seal of the state, with its motto, “Montani Semper Liberi,” shall be the great seal of the state of West Virginia, and shall be kept by the secretary of state, to be used by him officially, as directed by law”.

As state mottos go, this is a cool one.

Also, and because I have a soft spot for West Virginia in my heart, here is a video of their football fans singing “Country Roads.”

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