What Does Vice Versa Translate to in English?


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The term "vice versa" directly translates into English as "the position having been reversed," meaning conversely. It is used to say that the opposite of a statement is also true.

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The origin of the phrase is Latin, first used in the late 16th to early 17th century. The pronunciation of the phrase, particularly of the word "vice," is debated, depending on geographical location. In the United Kingdom, it tends to be pronounced as two syllables, or "visa;" in the United States, it is pronounced as one syllable. The two-syllable pronunciation leads to it often being misspelled as "visa versa." Some speakers have suggested that the one-syllable pronunciation is less correct as it is further from the original Latin.

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