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|Latin to English translations [Non-PRO]|
|Latin term or phrase: contra nando incrementum|
|Peebles town crest|
|Get increased by swimming against the tide|
The arms of Peebles allude to the increase in the number of salmon at their annual spawning migration to the upper waters of the Tweed and the Eddlestone; and they express the allusion by the device of one salmon represented as swimming up the stream, and two represented as swimming down, and by the motto, "Contra nando incrementum." Above the shield appears St. Andrew with his cross, the adopted tutelary of the town, because the patron saint of the most ancient of the churches. Peebles gives the title of Viscount to the Earl of Wemyss and March.
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Swim against the tide!
Literally the Latin phrase means, "progress/growth by-swimming upstream/contrary".
CONTRA: opposite, against, contrary.
NANDO: by swimming, in swimming.
INCREMENTUM: growth, progress, increase.
Since this is a motto, the English preference for verbs means that a good translation might use a verb as the focus -- I have used the command "swim!" In Latin the preference is generally for nouns, as your motto demonstrates with its focus on the noun "incrementum".
Latin word order is generally quite different from that of English, sometimes even exactly the reverse, as you see in this phrase.
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