"Certianti" translates roughly to "Struggles". "Dabitur" translates roughly to "a Given" (a fact).
I'm not very good at Latin translations. Once the words are put together they always seem to mean something other than what the words mean individually. Maybe someone else can provide more.
Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:44 am
Thanks so much - it was probably manufactured by someone well-meaning to improve the school's credibility way back when...
I suspect that it was fairly common practice in the past... and not just for schools. lol!
Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:49 pm
"certanti" means "to struggling/contending/striving"
"dabitur" means "(it/he/she) is given/offered/dedicated/bestowed".
In this context, it could mean "dedicated to striving",
or, as latin does sometimes, it could be hoping that the reader will supply some missing parts: "to (those) striving, (the prize) is given."
Mon 6 Sep, 2004 08:53 pm
thanks so much! I really appreciate it.
Regards from beautiful Canberra, Australia, where Spring is springing, the daffodils are up and the blossom trees are in full bloom. Yay! We have a short mildish Winter, but I still don't like it!
Wed 4 Jun, 2014 03:00 pm
I went to Oldershaw Grammar School on the
Wirral in England, where we all did Latin.
It was our school motto. We were told it meant
"It goes to he who strives."
Wed 18 Jun, 2014 05:31 pm
I think it says certainly debatable, everything is debateable or questionable.
Sat 24 Mar, 2018 10:34 am
If used in an e.g. 'school or business' in such a way it means basically always trying to improve.
Each word on its own doesn't mean much really.
Certante = WILL
Dabitur = EXERT
Certante Dabitur = The Will 'or' Determination to Achieve.