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VadeMecum

Vade Mecum
I want the scissors to be sharp
and the table perfectly level
when you cut me out of my life
and paste me in that book you always carry.

– Billy Collins

Etymology

From the Latin vade mecum, which literally means “go with me.”

Noun

vade mecum (plural vade mecums)

	1.	A referential book such as a handbook or manual.
	2.	A useful object, constantly carried on one’s person.