November 03, 2008

Et tu, Brute?

Councils 'ban' use of latin

Any reasonable grounds are totally undermined in that last sentence.

A Campaign spokesman said the ban might stop people confusing the Latin abbreviation e.g. with the word "egg"

I despair for this world sometimes, I really do.

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  1. I was considering writing about the new rules myself, spurred on by that article. But I found myself open to abuse by implying that anyone who confuses e.g. with ‘egg’ is an uneducated pillock.
    But then I might have been hounded for my battering of poor souls without a decent literary start in life. i.e. stupid f*kers who thought it would be a good idea to play truant.

    04 Nov 2008, 09:59

  2. Well, there is that aspect. Most people can’t help the education they get, but they can help themselves. Anyone who reads anything worthwhile or intellectual (i.e. not gossip mags) above a primary school level, be it textbooks, newspapers, journals, whatever, would come across some basic phrasal latin. Maybe not your QED, or pro rata, but vice versa, e.g., etc., alter ego, A.D. (though it’s all that common era crap now), a.m. and p.m., carpe diem, caveat, circa, confer, ergo, facsimile, in memoriam, Magna Carta, magnum opus, non sequitur, n.b., per annum, per capita, post mortem, remit, RIP, rigor mortis, status quo, veni vidi vici, verbatim, vs, and via. And those are just the obvious ones. I mean, we’re a fucking latinate language, why should we ignore the origins of English (or many of them) because some idiots can’t take the time to enlighten themselves? It’s never too late to learn, that’s what wikipedia is for.

    07 Nov 2008, 04:03

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