I understand what Ceteris Paribus mean and that's exactly why I chose my handle, Paribus Ceteris, to make a play on the "all else being equal" meaning.

Ignoring if it even works in English, the question is does it work grammatically in Latin?

If so what would it mean?

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It's valid Latin, and means the same thing as ceteris paribus.

Latin word order is quite flexible, and constructions like this (ablative absolute with a substantive and a predicate) work just fine in either order. Sometimes a different word order changes the emphasis, but in this case, both orders read basically the same to me. Paribus ceteris just stands out a bit because it's better-known in the other order.

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    Damn latin, destroyed my wordplay. :) thanks!
    – user9896
    Aug 7, 2021 at 21:37
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    @ParibusCeteris Out of curiosity, what did you want it to mean?
    – Draconis
    Aug 7, 2021 at 22:19
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    Anything but the same :)
    – user9896
    Aug 8, 2021 at 5:40
  • @ParibusCeteris I dunno, I feel like the fact that “all else [aside from the order] is the same” is rather fitting wordplay here.
    – KRyan
    Aug 9, 2021 at 3:19
  • @KRyan yeah! looking at it that way it may even make it stronger, everyting else including the meaning is equal - thanks!
    – user9896
    Aug 9, 2021 at 8:02

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