New Mexico Motto
It Grows as It Goes
The state motto of New Mexico is "It grows as it goes" (Crescit Eundo in Latin).

The New Mexico state motto was adopted in 1887 and is taken from "Book VI" of Latin poet Lucretius' epic scientific poem "De Rerum Natura" which means "On the Nature of Things".

The meaning behind the New Mexico motto "It Grows as It Goes" may at first glance seem somewhat senseless but in the poem it refers to the increasing strength a thunderbolt gradually gains when going across the sky.

This dynamic message of growing stronger and 'being in motion' was the intention by those who selected the New Mexico state motto.

Other mottos and slogans of New Mexico:

  • Land of Enchantment
Some funny mottos and politically incorrect slogans of New Mexico:
  • Lizards Make Excellent Pets
  • Not as Fun as Real Mexico, But at Least We Use Deodorant
  • Almost as Filthy as Real Mexico
  • We Have Reservations
  • Cleaner than Regular Mexico and Less Bodies in the Sandbox
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