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Location: Lincolnton, N. Town motto : "History, Arts, Culture They All Find a Home in Lincolnton! The Corsican national flag was green and yellow, and bore the motto : In te Domine speravi. The Villiers motto , Fidei coticula crux, The cross is the whetstone of faith, is inscribed on the frieze.
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A motto derived from the Latin muttum , 'mutter', by way of Italian motto , 'word', 'sentence'    is the general motivation or intention of an individual, family, social group or organization. A motto may be in any language, but Latin has been widely used, especially in the Western world. In heraldry , a motto is often found below the shield in a banderole ; this placement stems from the Middle Ages , in which the vast majority of nobles possessed a coat of arms and a motto. In the case of Scottish heraldry it is mandated to appear above the crest. In English heraldry mottos are not granted with armorial bearings, and may be adopted and changed at will. In Scottish heraldry, mottos can only be changed by re-matriculation, with the Lord Lyon King of Arms. Ships and submarines in the Royal Navy each have a badge and motto, as do units of the Royal Air Force. Latin has been very common for mottos, but for nation states their official language is generally chosen. Examples of unusual choices in motto language include:.