nomen est omen

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

The origin of this saying is attributed to the Roman playwright Plautus. In his play “Persa” the slave Toxilus lures his owner, Dordalus, to buy an expensive slave-girl named Lucris (profits), saying, “Nōmen atque ōmen quantīvīs iam est pretī” (“The name and the omen are worth any price”).

PronunciationEdit

ProverbEdit

nōmen est ōmen

  1. The name is a sign, the name speaks for itself.

DescendantsEdit

  • Finnish: nimi on enne (name is a sign)