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Origin of vice versa
Words nearby vice versa
What does vice versa mean?
Vice versa is a Latin phrase translating to “and the other way around.” It has become a common English expression to show that the reverse of something said is true.
What are other forms of vice versa?
What are some other words related to vice versa?
Where does vice versa come from?
The Latin phrase vice versa literally means “with the position turned.” It’s first seen in English in the early 1600s as a way to say “conversely.” The expression became a convenient way to show reciprocity and complementarity (e.g., We will watch your dog when you’re out of town and vice versa).
Though a learned Latin term, vice versa has become a common and widespread phrase in English, used in many different contexts. It does see a boost in printed popularity beginning in the 20th century, perhaps with the rise of public education, literacy, and access to classical literature. Or maybe because it’s just fun to say, what with its bouncy alliteration inspiring the playful vicey-versey by the 1850s.
As such a common expression, vice versa has been featured in a number of popular works over the years. Thomas Guthrie’s 1882 Victorian novel, Vice Versa: A Lesson to Fathers, tells the story of a father and son who, through magical hijinks, switch places for a time (boy to man and man to boy, or vice versa). The book was variously adapted to the stage and the screen, including one film adaptation in 1988 starring Fred Savage and Judge Reinhold. It also may have helped inspire the 1972 novel Freaky Friday and its subsequent film adaptation.
Vice Versa is also the name of what is considered the first lesbian magazine in the U.S., launched in 1947 by Edythe Eyde under the pseudonym Lisa Ben, an anagram for lesbian. The name underscores the nature of same-sex love and suggests that it is just as legitimate as its opposite-sex counterpart.
The French title for Disney Pixar’s 2015 computer-animated film Inside Out was Vice-Versa.
How is vice versa used in real life?
While many Latin expressions are usually limited to lawyer-speak or left to gather dust in books, vice versa sees a lot of use in everyday speech and writing. That’s because it’s a quick and easy way to signal the reverse of something or show some two-way relationship.
Vice versa does see wide use in more formal and technical contexts, too.
"He was the early bird, I was the night owl. I was fire and he was ice, and vice versa at times. We balanced each other out…I have no idea how I deserved a man that loved and wanted me more than Kobe." Vanessa Bryant honors her husband, Kobe Bryant. #TwentyFourever pic.twitter.com/a0Z8hb8rQK
— E! News (@enews) February 24, 2020
More examples of vice versa:
“Listen to our conversation to discover what trans women can teach cis women—and vice versa.”
—Lauren Schiller, Salon, July 2018
Example sentences from the Web for vice versa
The history of law is the history of politics, and vice-versa.
You can have actors that get on absolutely great and the chemistry doesn't work on screen and vice-versa.Meet ‘Inspector Lewis’: Kevin Whately on ‘Morse,’ John Thaw, and the End of the Series|Jace Lacob|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In the Pleasure Groove is not just a rock biography, but also a portrait of the decade that defined his band and vice-versa.Eight Best Bits of John Taylor’s Duran Duran Tell-All|Tom Sykes|October 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Of course, Republicans strongly back Romney, and Democrats vice-versa.More Hopeless Liberal Bias as Americans Disapprove of Romney's Mideast Comments|Michael Tomasky|September 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It remains unlikely that foreclosures alone will flip a state from Obama to Romney or vice-versa.Lower Voting Rates in Neighborhoods Hit By Foreclosure: Study|Jesse Singal|September 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
That meant that I could sleep while she piloted and vice-versa.A Spaceship Named McGuire|Gordon Randall Garrett
Some row about a trader insulting a native teacher, or vice-versa.Officer And Man|Louis Becke
Looking with the right eye, the weapon seemed to be directed at a point to the left of his head, and vice-versa.
When the dirty side is full, the clean side is empty, so you cycle the dishwasher and the clean side becomes dirty and vice-versa.Makers|Cory Doctorow
"The nerves of the stomach acting on the brain or vice-versa—that is, if Bastin has a brain," he added sotto voce.When the World Shook|H. Rider Haggard