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Semper Gumby

slang A humorous, unofficial motto used by United States Marines, taken to mean "Always Flexible." A play on the animated clay character "Gumby," known for his bendability, and the actual Marine Corps slogan, Semper Fidelis ("Always Faithful"). You've got to learn how to adapt when you're in the Corps, no matter what the situation throws at you. Semper Gumby, right?
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sic semper tyrannis

Latin for "thus always to tyrants," said in reference to the overthrow or death, whether real or desired, of a leader who was tyrannical or perceived as such. The ousted dictator's statue was torn down in cities across the country, with the people shouting "sic semper tyranis" throughout the day.
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