Et tu, Brute?
[ (et tooh brooh-tay) ]
A Latin sentence meaning “Even you, Brutus?” from the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. Caesar utters these words as he is being stabbed to death, having recognized his friend Brutus among the assassins.
Why Do We Say “Beware The Ides Of March”?The Ides of March, better known as March 15th, marks an inauspicious anniversary associated with treachery and ill fortune. But, how did a day that was once celebrated by the Romans become so heavily steeped in superstition?
“Et tu, Brute?” is used to express surprise and dismay at the treachery of a supposed friend.
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