Latin for "Speed and secrecy"?
July 2, 2014 1:44 PM   Subscribe

Asking for a friend: how would one write "Speed and secrecy" in Latin? It's for a group motto, and we wish to basically communicate "keep this fast/quick/speedy" and "keep things secret/safe." As briefly as possible.
posted by ish__ to Writing & Language (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Mobilitas et silentium
posted by kcm at 1:48 PM on July 2, 2014

I'd say celeritas et secretum.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 1:49 PM on July 2, 2014

According to Google Translate: celeriter et secreto
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:49 PM on July 2, 2014

To retain the alliteration: Clam et cito. They're both adverbs, so it's literally "secretly and speedily".
posted by hoist with his own pet aardvark at 2:12 PM on July 2, 2014 [10 favorites]

Celeritas is good, though you could use rapiditas. For secrecy, secretum or celatum. I like non-Englishy words, so I'd go "Celeritas et Celatum" (plus you get alliteration!).

Another route would be the adverbs: "Swiftly and silently" -> "Celeriter et Tacito" or "Swiftly and secretly" -> "Celeriter et [Clanculum or Celate]". I just happen to like the way those sound (when you pronounce all the Cs as hard Cs).
posted by Maecenas at 2:13 PM on July 2, 2014

There are several options here

If you don't like the sound of the options you find, consider using a prepositional phrase to get the idea across and change the ending ("With Speed & Secrecy" or "For Speed & Secrecy").
posted by Schielisque at 2:15 PM on July 2, 2014

I like Occultus, just because it sounds ominous -- it means "hidden", not 'secrecy', though.
posted by empath at 8:17 PM on July 2, 2014

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