Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 11, 2001
In Reply to: Visa versa posted by Steven E. Kern on December 11, 2001
: I am familiar with the phrase, and how to use it within the context of a sentence, but where it came from I haven't a clue.
: Any takers?
"Vice" means "in the place of" or "in succession to" as in "The Vice-President would act in place of the President". ( EEK! ). The root of "vice" is "vix" meaning "change".
"Versa" is a form of the Latin verb "vertere" and is a participle. "Vertere" means "to turn".
So "vice versa" means "the position being reversed".
I think, therefore I am.
Sum, ergo edo.
I am, therefore I eat.
- Vice versa Bob 12/11/01
See also: the mening and origin of 'vice versa'.