Letters to the Editor

Patterson letter: Sine die pronunciation

Not again. For some three decades I have heard the Idaho Legislature terminate the annual session with the closing “sine die.” They always pronounce it “sign dye.”

The term is Latin and means, in a parliamentary context, there is not a set day to reassemble. It is pronounced see-nay dee-ay. Think sine qua non, carpe diem, adiste fideles, semper fidelis.

As Idaho continues to plumb the depths of lack of concern or funding for public education, the legislators could at least pretend to have some smattering of traditional education.

See-nay de-ay, is that too difficult?

George Patterson, Boise

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