Love for Words — Ergo

March 22, 2014
Ergo is the Latin word for “therefore” and takes distinction in the English language.

Definition via Merriam-Webster
Therefore : Hence.

Both therefore and hence mean “For that reason.” And though these two words and “ergo” seem closely related,
— therefore seems to suggest “in conclusion” and
hence seems to suggest “because of that past happening or circumstance.”

While “ergo,” pronounced [ER-goh] or [AYHR-goh], seems to be an “equal sign.”

‘Tis most noted in its Latin origin via the phrase Cogito ergo sum
[KOH-gee-toh ER-goh SUM] translated “I think therefore I am.”

“Ergo” seems a sporty little word that makes connection. Certainly not to replace its synonyms, it does merit place in the English language. It can be formal like therefore and hence — or informal, like the word so in blue jeans and dress shoes.

Usage examples
— When it comes to “fight or flight” people, her beau was a “flight” person in any conflict; ergo he was not her hero and the relationship inevitably ended.
— Chez Magnifique has a “smart business” dress code, ergo if you wear tennis shoes — no matter how expensive — you will be turned away at the door.
— She loved, ergo she lived.

How would you take command with ergo in a thought or a statement?

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