A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from December 25, 2016
“Veni, Vidi, Visa” ("I came, I saw, I did a little shopping")

"Veni, Vidi, Visa” ("I came, I saw, I did a little shopping") is a joke on the Latin “Veni, vidi, vici” ("I came, I saw, I conquered"). “Visa” is the name of a popular credit card.

“Veni, Vidi, Visa” has been printed on many images. “‘Veni, vidi, Visa. [We came, we saw, we went shopping.]’ Jan Barrett” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on September 15, 1986. “Veni Vidi Visa -> I came, I saw, I did a little shopping” was posted to the newsgroup rec.humor on December 4, 1990.

“Veni, Vidi, Venti” ("I came, I saw, I ordered Starbucks coffee") is another jocular take on the Latin phrase.


Wikipedia: Veni, vidi, vici
“Veni, vidi, vici” (Classical Latin: [ˈweːniː ˈwiːdiː ˈwiːkiː]; Ecclesiastical Latin: [ˈvɛni ˈvidi ˈvitʃi]; “I came; I saw; I conquered") is a Latin phrase popularly attributed to Julius Caesar, who supposedly used the phrase in a letter to the Roman Senate around 46 BC after he had achieved a quick victory in his short war against Pharnaces II of Pontus at the Battle of Zela. The phrase is used to refer to a swift, conclusive victory.

15 September 1986, Chicago (IL) Tribune, sec. 1, pg. 15, col. 1:
‘Veni, vidi, Visa:
We came, we saw, we went shopping’

Joan Beck
(...)
“Veni, vidi, Visa. [We came, we saw, we went shopping.]” Jan Barrett.

9 October 1986, Anniston (AL) Star, “Dear Abby” by Abigail Van Buren, pg. 2D, cols. 3-4:
“Veni, vidi, visa.” (We came, we saw, we went shopping.) (Jan Barrett)

Google Groups: rec.humor
Pissed off at a Math Joke!
Bill Crick
12/4/90
(...)
Veni Vidi Visa -> I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.

Google Books
Year Book of Pediatrics, 1991
Edited by Frank A. Oski
St. Louis: Mosby
1991
Pg. 418:
Unfortunately, both share similar mottos, such as: Veni, Vidi, Visa (we came, we saw, we went shopping). — J. A. Stockman, III, M.D.

Google Books
Ask Me Anything:
A Sex Therapist Answers the Most Important Questions for the ‘90s

By Marty Klein
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1992
Pg. 152:
Then, like Julius Caesar, you can say veni, vidi, visa: I came, I saw, I shopped.

22 November 1995, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Fid Fax,,” pg. 2-E:
“Veni, Vidi, Visa. We came. We saw. We did a little shopping.” - Mayor Ron Kirk,

Google Books
The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Edited by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fireside
2003
Pg. ?:
1,321
Veni, vidi, Visa. (We came, we saw, we went shopping.)
Jan Barrett

Google Books
Consuming Sport:
Fans, Sport and Culture

By Garry Crawford
New York, NY: Routledge
2004
Pg. 79:
As the T-shirt says, Veni, Vidi, Visa: I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.

Twitter
KenShima
‏@KenShima
Veni, Vidi, Visa: I came, I saw, I shopped.
9:15 PM - 19 Aug 2007

Twitter
Br3ndaBot
‏@Br3ndaBot
@dotk3: Veni, Vidi, VISA: I came, I saw, I did a little shopping.
2:11 AM - 16 Dec 2008

Google Books
Words from the Wise:
Over 6,000 of the Smartest Things Ever Said

By Rosemarie Jarski
New York, NY: SKyhorse Publishing
2013
Pg. ?:
Veni, vidi, Visa: I came, I saw, I bought.
Anon

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