Quiz about Semper Trivialis Amet  Other Latin Mottos
Quiz about Semper Trivialis Amet  Other Latin Mottos

Semper Trivialis Amet & Other Latin Mottos Quiz

Many organisations have mottoes that are Latin in origin. Find these 10 that use, in part, the word "Semper" - "Always".

A matching quiz by darksplash. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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1. "Semper Fidelis" (Leroy Jethro Gibbs would know.)  
US Space Force
2. "Semper Occultus" (James Bond would know, but wouldn't tell.)  
Queen Elizabeth I
3. Semper Supra (Used by those who may boldly go)  
Victoria, British Columbia
4. "Semper Fortis" (Unofficial on the seven seas)  
US Coast Guard
5. "Semper Liber" (Used in a pacific way, of course)  
45th Infantry Division (United States)
6. "Semper Paratus" (Abigail Borin would know)  
7. "Semper Invicta" (A city with a mermaid)  
US Navy
8. "Semper Anticus"  
US Marine Corps
9. "Semper Eadem" (A Virgin Queen would know)  
Secret Intelligence Service
10. "Semper Ardens" (Probably the best motto in this quiz)  
Warsaw, Poland

Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "Semper Fidelis" (Leroy Jethro Gibbs would know.)

Answer: US Marine Corps

"Semper Fidelis", "Always Faithful", was the motto of the United States Marine Corps. Leroy Jethro Gibbs was the former marine who led a team in the TV show "NCIS".

The Marine Corps was established in 1775 by the Continental Congress to serve as landing forces with the naval fleet. The corps served in all wars and conflicts involving the USA.

While amphibious landings became a speciality, marines served in specialised roles aboard ships and provided security details for land naval installations and US diplomatic establishments.
2. "Semper Occultus" (James Bond would know, but wouldn't tell.)

Answer: Secret Intelligence Service

"Always Secret" is the translation of the motto of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, sometimes known as MI6.

SIS is the service charged with overseas intelligence for the United Kingdom. It is not (in theory anyway) involved in domestic affairs. Those are handled by MI5.

The Secret Intelligence Service was founded in 1909. Its modern-day web site states: "We have three core aims: stopping terrorism, disrupting the activity of hostile states, and giving the UK a cyber advantage.
3. Semper Supra (Used by those who may boldly go)

Answer: US Space Force

"Semper Supra", is translated to mean "Always Above".

The U.S. Space Force (USSF) became the youngest branch of the United States Armed Forces when it was established in December 2019. It is a part of the US Airforce. It is led by a four-star general who is a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Its declared mission is to organise and train space forces "in order to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force."

It was immediately embroiled in controversy when some suggested that its logo bore a similarity to that of "Star Fleet Command" in the "Star Trek" TV and movies franchise.
4. "Semper Fortis" (Unofficial on the seven seas)

Answer: US Navy

"Semper Fortis", "Always Brave," is an unofficial motto of the US Navy. The official motto is "Non sibi sed patriae" ("Not self but country").

The Continental Congress established the navy in October 1775. The navy's first ship was the USS United States, a three-masted heavy frigate launched in May 1797. Her first activities were protecting American ships in the phoney war against France. In the War Between the States, she was seized by the Confederates, scuttled, but then refloated by the Union side until broken up in 1865.

According to "Military Today", by 2019, the US Navy was "the most capable" in the world.
5. "Semper Liber" (Used in a pacific way, of course)

Answer: Victoria, British Columbia

"Semper Liber", "Always Free" is the motto of the city of Victoria, British Columbia, on Canada's Pacific coast.

The Hudson's Bay company established Victoria as a trading post in 1843. The original settlement was known as "Fort Victoria" after Queen Victoria. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1862.

Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. By 2016 the city had a population of 85,792; and the metropolitan area 367,770
6. "Semper Paratus" (Abigail Borin would know)

Answer: US Coast Guard

"Always Ready" is the motto of the US Coast Guard. Abigail Borin was a Coast Guard agent played by Diane Neal on the top US drama "NCIS". She often often worked as a foil to Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the NCIS team leader.

The Coast Guard traces its history to 1790 when Congress authorised the construction of 10 cutters. The new service was renamed the Revenue Cutter Service in 1863. Anti-piracy and revenue collecting were initially the main roles. When the slave trade from Africa was abolished in 1808, enforcing that became part of the service's remit.

Vessels and personnel saw action in various conflicts, but it was not until 1915 that the formal name US Coast Guard was adopted. It is also officially a part of the US military defence forces.
7. "Semper Invicta" (A city with a mermaid)

Answer: Warsaw, Poland

"Semper Invicta", "Always Invincible" is the motto of the Polish city of Warsaw.

Warsaw is the capital of Poland. It grew from a small fishing village called Warszawa on theVistula river and dates to the 9th Century.

Warsaw became an important trading city and was made the capital of Poland in the 15th Century. Politically the city, as with large parts of Poland, was fought over down through the years. It fell it German hands in 1915 and again in 1939. Up to 95 per cent of the city's buildings were destroyed during World War 2. Hundreds of thousands of its people were killed there or transported to death camps.
8. "Semper Anticus"

Answer: 45th Infantry Division (United States)

"Semper Anticus","Always Forward", was the motto of the 45th Infantry Division and its successors.

The 45th comprised members of the National Guard from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In WW2, the division saw action in Italy, France, and Germany. The division also served in the Korean War.

It was known as the "Thunderbird Division" from the stylised native American bird that was on the shoulder patch of uniforms..
9. "Semper Eadem" (A Virgin Queen would know)

Answer: Queen Elizabeth I

"Always The Same" was the motto of Queen Elizabeth I. A daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, she was Queen of England and Ireland from November 1558 until her death in March 1603. The "Virgin Queen" or "Good Queen Bess", as she was known, was related to Queen Elizabeth II though their common ancestor, King Henry VII.

"Semper Eadem" was her personal motto. Meanwhile, the personal motto of Queen Elizabeth II was "Sapientia et Doctrina Stabilitas", "Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times."
10. "Semper Ardens" (Probably the best motto in this quiz)

Answer: Carlsberg

"Semper Ardens", "Always Burning", was a motto of Carl Jacobson, the son of the founder of the Carlsberg brewing company in Denmark.

It was also the name of a range of beer, described as a"full-bodied bottom-fermented porter with a rich malt aroma."

In 1973, an advertising executive created the slogan "Probably the best lager in the world". Initially, the company used the voice of actor and director Orson Wells. The catchphrase was used until 2011.
Source: Author darksplash

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