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Claiming "Novus Ordo Seclorum" Means "New World Order"

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"Novus ordo" is indeed Latin for "new order". However, "seclorum" is the plural genitive of "seclum", roughly meaning "of the seclums". "Seclum" is a poetic shortened form of "saeculum", meaning "age; lifetime; world". The last meaning however, is really "world" as in "worldly; not spiritual". (The English word "secular" is derived from "saeculum" in this meaning.) The first meaning is usually taken in the translation, resulting in "new order of the ages", not "new world order".

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