Latin Phrase: Alter ego
Special summer series on Latin phrases! While many of Latin words are still used in today’s English-speaking academia, not many opportunities are given for international students to learn those useful expressions thoroughly. For this summer, ISO Culture Thursday will introduce some basic Latin words every week.
“Alter ego (literally ‘another I’ or ‘other self’ in Latin)” is a latin phrase that is commonly used to indicate the opposite side of one’s personality. Or, it means a trusted friend who seems a part of oneself. For example, most superheroes, such as Wonder Woman and Spider Man, can be understood as alter egos of regular people (spider man, who is the alter ego to Peter Parker).