In he book Infinite Jest there is a part where a character says

It strikes me that EXIT signs would look to a native speaker of Latin like red-lit signs that say HE LEAVES.

What does this mean?

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Exit is a Latin word meaning literally "he/she/it leaves". It comes from ex "out of, away from" + it "he/she/it goes", a form of eō, īre, "to go".

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    I believe this originated from stage directions: in fact,.when multiple characters leave, the direction changes to "exeunt."
    – brianpck
    Dec 31, 2017 at 19:50
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    (Exeunt = "they leave", multiple people)
    – Draconis
    Dec 31, 2017 at 20:50

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