What does “Quomodocumque” mean?

It means “after whatever fashion.” I didn’t learn this in school — my high-school Latin stopped somewhere around “Petrus Cuniculus in arbo cum eius tres fratribus, Flopsus, Mopsus, Cottontalusque habuit.” I saw it on a slide in a history-of-mathematics lecture and had to go find out what it meant. Emmanuel just pointed out to me that, while “quomodocumque” hasn’t yet made it as an English loan-word, the OED does have the related “quomodocunquize,” meaning “to make money however one can.” The most recent cite is 1652, but in these near-recessionary times, quomodocunquizing — or even all-out quomodocunquism — may be poised for a comeback.

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5 thoughts on “What does “Quomodocumque” mean?

  1. minhyong kim says:

    Hey, this is a bit disappointing. I guess I knew vaguely what it means, but I thought you had intended it as a clever parody of the ubiquitous teenage conversation stopper

    ‘Whatever.’

    Is it?

  2. JSE says:

    I’m not that clever!

  3. Jon Awbrey says:

    Not to be confused with Quasi Modo Cumquat …

  4. Michael M. says:

    But how do you pronounce it?

  5. JSE says:

    Quomodocumque.

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