November 3, 2008

guess it wasn't quite dead after all.

You've got to respect a language that can cause this much of an uproar though dead:

Councils Ban 'Elitist' and 'Discriminatory' Latin Phrases

That muffled snorting you hear is the ghost of Orwell, no doubt feeling double plus prescient these days.

I've let my high school Latin slip, but this is enough to make me want to dust it off and pay it some attention.

ps. (Oh dear! That stands for post scriptum! So is PS not PC when writing our British friends now? Alas, I guess now we'll have to spell it out for them in simple words: "Stuff I Forgot," or "Oh Yeah, There's More." Right.) Why do I lately keep feeling like the inmates are running the asylum?

Tyrranus absurdis.


Setiago said...

I'll try to forbear more angry words, and simply state that we are being dumbed down, and I oppose it. Semper fidelis, pax vobiscum, vini, vidi, vici, ab absurdum, elepantus non capet murem, veritas numquam perrit. I may have misspelled some of that, but take that, you elitists who try to ban "elite" words.

Dani said...

How ridiculous!

The Correspondent said...

Thanks for sharing this, QS. It became one of our current event readings today.

Owl of the Desert said...

Carpe Diem, and don't let them tell us otherwise.

Androphenese said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! i could punch someone in the face right now after reading that! THIS IS INFURIATING! words, neither english nor latin can express the indignation which I have just procured by the reading of this information. I really want to yell right now.

Anonymous said...

Don't be foolish, people. The British aren't banning Latin, neither are they proclaiming what already it is: a dead language. Rather, they are simply attempting to "eschew obfuscation" through the unnessecary use of phrases and words which are unknown and unused by large parts of the Councils' audiences. I completely disagree with Henry Mounts quote: a single Latin phrase can "sum up thoughts" better than an alternative English phrase if and only if the Latin is already known to the reader.

"Quando omni flunkus moritati"