A colleague of mine asked me what is the importance of word order in phrase “In God We Trust”
And I could not answer. Is it a shame?
Would it be correct English to write:
In God – we trust
You’re correct that the more usual order in English is subject-verb-object, which would result in “We trust in God”. However, although English sentence order is pretty restrictive compared to other languages (Latin, for example), there is some wiggle room that can be used to change the emphasis.
We trust in God.
This means that we, not someone else, trust in God.
In God we trust.
This means that we trust in God, not something else.