Sic Transit Muammar Gaddafi

When I was in school I used to wonder who Gloria Mundi was and how she had died, but it turned out to be my defective Latin.

Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 10/26/2011 12:00 am EDT

When I was in school I used to wonder who Gloria Mundi was and how she had died, but it turned out to be my defective Latin. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi means "thus passes the glory of this world."

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