second-, secund-, secundi-
(Latin: second, following)
A Masterpiece, second to none, The best; Therefore, I am!
The grammatical structure is not correct: Magnus should be Magnum, secundus should be secundum and optimus should be optimum.
This was a hand-lettered sign in George E. Ohr's pottery shop (BILOLXI ART POTTERY) in Biloxi, Mississippi (1895-1905).
Ohr made pottery that featured rims that had been crumpled like the edges of a burlap bag and pitchers that seemed deliberately twisted and vases warped as if melted in the kiln.
The colors of his works exploded with color; vivid reds juxtaposed with gunmetal grays, olive greens splattered across bright oranges, and royal blues mottled on mustard yellows and he created fantastic shapes glazed with wild colors in his "Pot-Ohr-E".
Ohr once said, "I am the apostle of individuality, the brother of the human race, but I must be myself and I want every vase of mine to be itself."
In 1909, claiming he hadn't sold even one of his mud babies in more than 25 years, Ohr closed his shop.
Although he was just 52, he never threw another pot. When he inherited a comfortable sum after his parents died, he devoted the rest of his life to enhancing his reputation as a "looney".
Still confident that the time would come when his work would be recognized, Ohr died of throat cancer at the age of 60 in 1918. Now, the same pots scorned a century ago sell from $20,000 to $60,000 each. Today, Ohr is hailed as a "clay prophet" and "the Picasso of art pottery."
"Gracie was second in her team as the winning runner."2. Another one or one more, additional: "Sheena and Cathleen had a second house in the mountains."
3. Alternate, alternating, other: "Every second person was chosen to have his or her name placed in the container for the drawing of a free ticket to the concert."
4. Etymology: from Latin secundus which originally meant "following" and it was derived from sequi, "follow". English acquired it by way of Old French second using it for other, which until then had indicated "second" as well as "other".
"Vern said the building contractors were only secondarily concerned about accessibility."
2. Not as important or valuable as something else: "That new problem is secondary to the one now facing the students."
"Jayne's health is the most important consideration while the cost of the treatment is of secondary importance."
"Jodie was working at an extra job as a secondary source of income."
"Elma wants another car that's reliable, the color is of secondary consideration."