Dusty Phrases

Hi! Welcome to “Dusty Phrases.” You will find below an ancient phrase in one 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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Castigat ridendo mores 


laughing corrects manners

This phrase is another way of advocating for satire or expressing the value of mockery. French New Latin poet Abbé Jean de Santeul (1630–1697) allegedly coined the phrase.

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