"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Vade mecum

A vade mecum is a handbook; a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location. The expression is also used in a wider context to mean a useful object, constantly carried on one’s person.


  1. It is also a toothpaste brand! ;) My parents always bought it. Checking it up now I see that it was launched 1897 in Sweden and is still on the market. The Latin meaning is "go with me".