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Royal's motto 'Disce aut Discede' which became a vulgar expression for the social media


Royal's motto 'Disce aut Discede' which became a vulgar expression for the social media

A part of a statement which is alleged to have been spoken by Minister Dayasiri as 'Ammata disce' keeps circulating in the social media these days.

This unfamiliar series of words written on a piece of paper had been uttered at a speech made at an event at which Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera attended last week. These words which appeared in
Dayasiri's English speech may have been because of an idea of a Secretary who wrote it and gave him and Dayasiri too uttered it with difficulty. That part of the video was broadcast in the social media with the criticism 'Monawada bang moo kiyavanne!'  (What is this this fellow saying!)

The meaning of 'Disce Aut Discede' which is a well-known expression in Latin is 'Learn or get out!' This expression containing this meaning became more popular in Sri Lanka because it is being used also as the motto of Royal College.

There are reports to say that Todd who held the position of Principal during the period 1871 - 8  at Royal College, Colombo which was institution was established by the English as the Colombo Academy was a tough character who ruled the students by using the theme 'Learn or get out'. At a later time it became the motto of the school. It has been written in the annals of the history of the school that it was important to work according to this statement in connection with directing the mind towards one objective and in safeguarding discipline of the students pursuing school education. That incidentally is the interpretation of the true Latin text which Dayasiri Jayasekera pronounced ambiguously. That video which circulated around the social media, from below


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