Why in latin

Geryon

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Why is the marines motto, "Per Mare Per Terram", by sea, by land, in latin?
Sorry if this sounds completely retarded and I'm missing something.
 

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Latin was a lot more common before the phrase was invented (written not spoken), plus most of the chaps that could read and write in those days were priests, hence they would write in latin more often as they were linked to the Roman Catholic Church and all bible's up until 1560'ish were written in latin.

As for the Engish language, legal documents and other important text weren't written in English until around 1500. Although most were written in French and not Latin, so be grateful it isn't in French :sad2::sad2:

But it was probably just following on from tradation from those times.
 

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Isn't almost all the motos in our forces in latin apart from SF with thier cool names like (kill em all/ I'm *text deleted* kick ass/ wheres my coffee?)
 

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Indeed they are, some regiments can trace their roots back to the 1200's, ones like the Royal Engineers. Bet you thought 1664 makes the RM's old?
 

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Also I believe that it is the motto for the clan McDonald which the marines adopted after the American war of independence:dontaskme:
 

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