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Allegory Department Feels Latin Heat At Impeachment Hearings

Latinism Buzz: From Quid Pro Quo to Flagrante Delicto

All Latin expressions have gathered at the Taverna to discuss Quid Pro Quo’s phenomenal rise in popularity thanks to impeachment hearings on U.S. President Donald Trump. A wave of resentment ran through Ad Hoc, Pro Bono, Vice Versa, Et Cetera etc., who considered themselves frontrunners in the Latinism sweepstakes before Quid Pro Quo sprinted ahead in recent weeks.

“Well, let’s get real,” said Bona Fide, who was always truthful. “Quid
Pro Quo is being promoted by no less a person than the U.S President,
even though Pro Bono is available for free.” Hearing this, Pro Bono,
who was selfless and always unquestioningly volunteering herself,
asked Prime Facie if this was indeed the case.

“On the face of it, yes,” confirmed Prima Facie. “Although the
President likes Ad Hoc, Quid Pro Quo is his current favorite.”

“What about me? I am always bringing up the rear… though I am used so
often,” complained Et Cetera.

“At least you and your comrades Nota Bena and Post Scriptum are made
of two words, unlike that useless Addendum,” consoled Alter Ego,
looking over his shoulder at his shadow.

“Quid Pro Quo is made of three words!” pointed out Carpe Diem,
groaning, “I should have seized the moment when the poet Horace wrote
me into his Odes!”

“Actually, we should have all gone to war!” yelled Casus Belli, who
was always in a confrontational mood.

“We would have backed you!” shouted twins De Facto and De Jure.

“Hear! Hear!” roared Vox Populi.

Et Cetera was comforted, but he knew he could never become the
favorite; he’d always be an afterthought.

“Well, fair is foul and foul is fair,” explained Vice Versa, an
opportunist who flip-flopped often.

“Indeed, I am sorry about our fate. If y’all want I am happy to take
the blame,” offered the always-apologetic Mea Culpa.

“Let’s just stay rooted to the ground. Our day will come!” advised Terra Firma.

“No, let’s keep on rolling and rolling and …” pressed Ad Infinitum.

“The bird walked to the toy store,” said Non Sequitur.

Alma Mater, who was nourishing her children Alumnus and Alumna,
watched the agitated Latinisms with Sotto Voce, who was usually quiet
and spoke only occasionally in a low voice.

“Too bad everyone thinks the President has flipped for Quid Pro Quo,”
she whispered. “No one believes me but I’ve seen him canoodling with
that sexy wench In Flagrante Delicto.”

Suddenly they heard someone chuckling in the shadows. It was Non
Compos Mentis, giggling with the knowledge that she, not In Flagrante
Delicto, was the President’s first love.

--anon

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