sub rosa (adv);
1. In secret; privately; confidentially.
1654, from Latin, lit. "under the rose," which was regarded as a symbol of secrecy.
The origin traces to a famous story in which Cupid gave Harpocrates, the god of silence, a rose to bribe him not to betray the confidence of Venus. Hence the ceilings of Roman banquet-rooms were decorated with roses to remind guests that what was spoken sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa.
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Hello again blogosphere! You’ll have to forgive my absence for the past few weeks but the title of this post has a double meaning. First I have spent the last month in a daze from minimal sleep and frenetic study … Continue reading
Spring has sprung, the grass is ris I wonder where the birdies is! Surely this must be any gardener’s favourite time of the year! So many things starting to emerge after too long in winter hibernation, including myself. Its been … Continue reading
A miraculous thing happened a few weeks ago. We were on holiday in Tasmania when it happened, travelling around the countryside on Karly’s-Food-&-Booze-Tour-2010 (which I’ll tell you all about another time). Its something we’ve been waiting many months for and … Continue reading