To engrave on a locket with a photo of my father after his death

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To remove potential ambiguities you could try:

"numquam memoria excides." =

(literally) "You will never fall out of memory." = "You will never be forgotten."

Alternatively, using the infinitive of "excido":

"numquam memoria excidere." =

"Never to be forgotten."

(An active verb translated passively.)


'Remembered' is a past particle. One way to translate 'to remember' is 'memorare'. I would go with a particle perfect passive, as it is a person who is being remembered, but I'm not really sure about this. Maybe someone else can give a better alternative for the verb form.

So the translation would then be:

Semper memorato

  • The problem I see with this is that it basically means "always brought up, mentioned," does it not? Nov 11, 2020 at 20:55
  • My first reading of your suggestion was a future imperative: "always remember". That is not a particularly harmful ambiguity, and can even be considered beneficial.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Nov 12, 2020 at 7:45
  • Thank you for your input - is there a general consensus on what might be appropriate/correct to engrave?
    – user8567
    Nov 12, 2020 at 12:18

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