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Kris Landeck wrote:

Hi, guys —

I recently found the grave site of my uncle. On the grave site, which is located in a Catholic cemetery were the initials Q.M.P.

I have no idea what it means. My mother thought it maybe Latin. He died in 1925.

  • Do you have any idea what this means?


  { What does Q.M.P. mean on my Uncle's grave site; does it mean something in Latin? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Kris —

From what I found on the net, "Q.M.P." appears in Italian funerary inscriptions; it's:

"Questa Memoria Pose": "may his/her memory remain".

— RC

John replied:

Kris —

Questa = This

Memoria = memory

Pose = can or may

So it's more like "May this memory"

Which sounds like it's abbreviated idiom. They do that in Italian some times. They'll say a couple words from a commonly used sentence and every one gets it.

So the idiom probably means something similar to what Richard said.


Eric replied:

Hi, Kris —

The Byzantines have an expression, "May [his/her] memory be eternal", customarily sung at memorial services and used to greet the bereaved.

Perhaps that's what it means.


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