Contact Us

Dale’s Daily Data: E Pluribus Unum

Getty Images

Look on the back of a one dollar bill and you’ll see a couple of Latin phrases.  Annuit coeptis – meaning He has favored our undertaking.  And novus ordo seclorum – a new order of the ages.  Jefferson, Franklin, Sam Adams and the other founding fathers not only crafted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, they even went so far as to create a national seal.  There was all kinds of debate over what the seal should show.  There were suggestions it should show Moses or Hercules.  The bald eagle was the final choice.  And in addition to the Latin phrases that still appear on the dollar bill – they added another – e pluribus unum – out of many, one. 

The significance of that phrase covers so many aspects of the idea of the United States – from many religions, from many races, from many customs, from many nations, from many ideas, one country.

But interesting that a phrase that has so much meaning is taken from an ancient recipe for salad dressing.

In a Greek poem by Parthenius – he describes the life of a poor farmer and a servant who get up each morning to make bread and a salad including garlic, parsley, green herbs, cheese, salt and other items coated with oil and vinegar.  The recipe for combining the garlic and green herbs describes blending the colors into one – e pluribus unum. 

The founding fathers thought that phrase described their ideas for the country perfectly.

More From WYRK

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wyrk.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on Country 106.5 WYRK Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!