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    E Pluribus Dumbum

    | Pennsylvania, USA | Language & Words

    (We have a regular customer who always brings in his latest metal detector find for me to see, knowing that I’m a fan of antiques and history.)

    Customer: “See this ring my metal detector found this morning?”

    Me: *looks at the ring* “It looks like an old military officer’s ring. See the rank insignia on one side, the army seal on the other, and ‘E pluribus unum’ around where there used to be a gem/stone?”

    Customer: “‘In God we trust.’”

    Me: “What?”

    Customer: “‘E pluribus unum’ means ‘In God we trust.’”

    Me: “Actually, it is Latin for ‘Out of many, one.’ It’s the nation’s motto, meaning we are many states and people, but one country.”

    Customer: *suddenly angry* “NO! It means ‘In God we trust’, like on money! WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?!” *storms out*