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'Sine Die' means end of legislative session

April 08, 2008

It's a day when many people in Annapolis speak at least one Latin phrase: Sine Die.

In the Maryland General Assembly, the phrase means it's the end of the annual 90-day legislative session. This year's finale was Monday.

An English translation, according to Webster's New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, is "for an indefinite period," referring, for example, to an adjourned meeting.

The phrase usually is pronounced "SIGN-ee DIE" in Annapolis.

But Webster's gives it one more syllable: "SIGN-ee DIE-ee."

- Andrew Schotz

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