Saturday, October 31, 2009
Capitol Hill. Here's a bit of Halloween-themed topical humor. Most English speakers would interpret RIP as "rest in peace," but the abbreviation originally invoked the Latin requiescat in pace (may he/she rest in peace) or requiescant in pace (may they rest in peace).
P.S. The letters RIP could also work in Italian: riposa/riposino in pace.