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"Vive", "Viva" and "Vivat" are
interjections used in the Romance languages. "Vive" in French, "Viva" in Italian, Portuguese and Spanish, and "Vivat" in Latinand Romanian are subjunctive forms of the verb "to live". They literally mean, "live!" (imperative form), and are usually translated to English as "long live". They are often used to salute a person or non-personal entity: "Vive le Québec libre" (from Charles de Gaulle's Vive le Québec libre speechin Montreal), or "Viva il Duce!", the rough equivalent in Fascist Italyof the greeting, " HeilHitler." Additionally, in monarchical times the king of France would be wished "Vive le Roi!" and the king of Italy "Viva il Re!", both meaning "Long live the King!".
The medieval university Latin anthem
De Brevitate Vitaehas verses like::"Vivat academia!":"Vivant professores!":"Vivat academia!":"Vivant professores!":"Vivat membrum quodlibet":"Vivant membra quaelibet":"Semper sint in flore."
In Spanish, for plural subjects, it becomes "vivan".Compare "¡Viva el rey!" with "¡Vivan los reyes!".
The Mexican slogan "¡Viva Zapata!" was used to title the 1952 English-language biographical drama film "
Viva Zapata!" by Elia Kazan, about Emiliano Zapata. It later inspired the title of 2005 Italian-language documentary film " Viva Zapatero!", by Sabina Guzzanti, referring to José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
In Italy, the nationalist phrase "Viva
Vittorio EmanueleRe d'Italia!" ("Long live Victor Emmanuel king of Italy") was hidden from the Austrian enemy by its acronym "Viva VERDI!", that passed for a praise of the music of Giuseppe Verdi.In Italian graffiti, "viva" is often abbreviated as " W", a letter otherwise foreign to Italian.The opposite concept "abbasso" ("Down with") is abbreviated with a reversed " W".
The use of these terms has increased in non-Latin nations recently; for example, a common greeting regarding the Anglophone city of Las Vegas is "
Viva Las Vegas!" One reason may be that West Germanic languagesdo not have a good equivalent of the term; the closest may be Hail (English)/Heil (German), which understandably has tainted connotations. Nevertheless, Hail still appears in certain previously frozen expressions and usages, to wit: the song Hail to the Chief.
A similar expression is 'Zindabad' used in
Urduand Hindi, it means roughly "Long live" and is used as a patriotic sentiment glorifying leaders and countries e.g. 'Pakistan Zindabad' or 'Musharaff Zindabad'.
July 25, 2005, upon winning his seventh consecutive Tour de Franceand subsequently retiring from professional cycling, Lance Armstrongended his farewell speech with "Vive le Tour, forever."
Ten thousand years, translation of a phrase used in many East Asian languages to wish leaders long lives
Sto lat, a Polish birthday song wishing 100 years, and a similar greeting wish
Vive le Canada!, a Canadian political blogging group
Vive le Québec libre!, a famous speech by Charles de Gaulle
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