87. What does M.O. stand for?

My usual M.O. is to . . .

What’s his M.O.?

I have heard this throughout my life, often on crime shows, but I read it today and realize I had no idea what it stands for.

My first guess was it stood for “method of operations,” or similar. But it actually stands for “modus operandi,” which is basically Latin for “mode of operating.”

So it begs the question: why are we still using the Latin phrase? Why doesn’t M.O. just stand for “mode of operating”?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s