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Honor among crows

Corvus oculum corvi non eruit

In the Athens of America, why wouldn't we express ourselves in the ancient tongues? This pair of small posters outside the Forest Hills T stop literally say "A crow doesn't pluck out another crow's eye," in Latin. It's how gory Romans referred to the concept that we usually explain as "honor among thieves." But why did somebody feel the need to express this?

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'Snitches get Stitches' maybe?

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It's used to complain that a group is supporting one of its members even in the face of obvious wrong-doing. So it's bemoaning the occurence of no-snitching. (calling someone a crow in this context is not a compliment)!

As a relatively current example, one might say it disapprovingly of the higher-ups of the Catholic church wrt the abuse crisis.

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More current examples would include the national political parties and certain of their most notable elected officials and candidates for office.

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You would choose to report on it.

The discourse community is enhanced by this kind of thing overall. These are nive, learned allusions..

If you want the 40' x 10' Trump sign down the road from my house, u can have it...I would rather this 'brain puzzle' / conversation starter.

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...for upcoming "Game of Thrones" season?

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for the watch.

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I immediately recognized this as the logo of the Association Of Old Crows, and their motto, obviously being used as a colligit clamor for reasons much less obvious.

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Call the bomb squad.

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