Vox Emissa Volat; Litera Scripta Manet Law and Legal Definition
Vox emissa volat; litera scripta manet is a legal maxim in Latin. The maxim denotes that the spoken word flies away; the written one remains.
The following is an example of a case law referring to the maxim:
When men sit down to put a contract in writing and do so, the presumption is they write all there is of it. All prior or contemporaneous verbal conversations relating to the subject-matter are presumed merged in the writing. The precept to go by is: The spoken word flies; the written word remains. Vox emissa volat, litera scripta manet. However, men labor under such infirmities of mind and memory that mutual mistakes are made, or fraud, imposition, surprise or accidents sometimes happen. In such case, when proper issues are made, relief goes in equity. But to get that relief the pleadings must raise such issue and the proof must respond to the pleadings. [BEHERET v. MYERS, 240 Mo. 58 (Mo. 1912)].