si vales valeo (SVV)

if you are well, I am well


A common beginning for ancient Roman letters. Also extended to si vales bene est ego valeo ("if you are well, that is good; I am well"), abbreviated to SVBEEV. The practice fell out of fashion and into obscurity with the decline in Latin literacy.


  • siif
  • valeobe effective, be well, have power, to be strong, to have strength