Without Wax

The phrase “Without Wax” means “Sincere” which it comes from the Latin words “sine” and “cera”. At least that is what most believe, there are others who give it another meaning but the main idea of the meaning remains the same; that something without the wax, comes without impurities.

As we all know, Spanish comes from Latin and thus the word “sincera” actually comes from the two Latin words previously mentioned. Even though I’m Hispanic, and Spanish is my first language, I  never thought about it that way.  All of those time I said something had no wax; “Eso esta sin cera” I never realized that the word I used to described honesty sounded exactly the same as the two words “sin” “cera”. That was until I read Dan Brown’s Digital Fortress and I loved it. This is where I first learned of the believed origins of the word “sincere”. It is said that in ancient Rome, craftsmen would use wax to cover imperfections in their marble sculptures, and that “sine cera” was a phrase commonly used by those presenting the sculptures.

Sine cera= without wax=sincere

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11 thoughts on “Without Wax

  1. Thank you Laurita!

    I really enjoy this post – I also never realized the the work “sincera” could be the two words in a fraze “sin cera” – Also now I wan tot read “Digital Fortress” lol

  2. I would recomend you do some research before spouting off some nonsense you read in a Dan Brown book. His poor writing skills are only matched by his inability to include a single legitimate fact.

    Dan Brown uses this explanation for sincere in Digital Fortress and the Lost Symbol but in one book attributes it to Latin, and the other to Spanish. Obviously, he is making it up as he goes along.

    Sincere is derived from the latin word Sincerus, which means clean or pure. Sincerus in turn is probably originally meant “one growth” and is built from sin which means one, and crescere which means “to grow”

    My source… the Oxford english dictionary.

    • I do have something to say regarding my nonsense. Spanish comes from Latin, therefore it is not something someone is making up as they go along.
      And I did not got my source from Digital Fortress ONLY. I did research before spouting nonsense.

      Thank you for your comment Ohyouaresowrong! :)

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