Latin Phrase: Vice versa
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.
“Vice versa (literally ‘turn around’ or ‘the other way around’ in Latin)” is a latin phrase that is commonly used to indicate that the reverse of what someone said is also true. This phrase is quite useful in that it enables us to complete a statement without expressing as much in words. In sentences, it is used as an adverb. Current examples would be: ‘“What works in the United States may not work well in other countries, and vice versa” and “Polar bears cannot live where we are most comfortable, and vice versa.”