From April 2016

Call Things By Their Proper Name

“Those who use euphemisms would deceive you.”

– Rex Addiscentis

Excerpt from Wikipedia – Confucius

Confucius (551 B.C. – 479 B.C.) was a Chinese social philosopher.


“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things.”

  • Paraphrased as a Chinese proverb stating “The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”

Juvenal – Who Watches The Watchers?


Excerpted From Wikipedia:

Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis (c. 55 – c. 140), anglicized as Juvenal, was a Roman satiric poet.

Literary and cultural influence

… Juvenal is the source of many well-known maxims, including:

  • that the common people—rather than caring about their freedom—are only interested in “bread and circuses” (panem et circenses 10.81; i.e. food and entertainment),
  • that—rather than for wealth, power, eloquence or children—men should pray for a “sound mind in a sound body” (mens sana in corpore sano 10.356)

Satire I

  • Honesty is praised and starves.

Satire III

  • No man will get my help in robbery, and therefore no governor will take me on his staff.

Satire VI

quis custodiet