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Word Nerd: Vade Mecum

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyvade mecum definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyVade Mecum is something a person carries about for frequent or regular use. Vade Mecum can also refer to a favorite book carried everywhere. Vade Mecum is a Latin phrase that literally means “go with me”.

Vade Mecum most often refers to a small reference or guide book that one carries with them. In more current terms, I think vade mecum can easily and universally refer to a phone since almost everyone carries them about and utilizes them for reference, guidance, connections, etc. Vade mecum could also refer to an e-book reader as well, since that is an almost effortless way to tote about any number of books.

A small collection of vade mecums via LaWhimsyA few modern vade mecums.

While I do adore my phone and kindle, I am a bit more traditional with my favorite vade mecums. I tend to carry around a small copy of a favorite novel (usually Jane Eyre, Mansfield Park, or Alice in Wonderland) or book of poetry (Emily Dickinson is a current fav) in my bag at all times. There’s just something so soothing about being able to dip into a favorite tome when the mood strikes. Do you have a favorite vade mecum?

Namaste ~ Ella

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