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#209514 - 02/11/13 05:08 PM NPR article re Latin
JoeInSeattle Offline
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#209519 - 02/11/13 05:39 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]
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That's all very well, Joe, and to be sure, Latin isn't used very much as a medium of contemporary communication, these days.

However, it is a very living - and lively - language in Vatican City. The inhabitants therein are from all over the world, and Latin is still the lingua franca for most of the people who work there. The resident population is just over 800 but there are round about 3000 people who work there, but live elsewhere. A significant proportion of these, I think, will have to speak Latin to some extent. And the language is evolving to cope with the modern world, including all sorts of neolisms. There are Latin words and pgrases for television, automobiles, zip-fasteners, smart phones - you name it!

So, to call it a "moribund language," as the article does, is not strictly true
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#209524 - 02/11/13 11:05 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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Continuity is what the use of Latin is all about.
The magnitude of this event transcends casual wordings. Christianity with it's message of unequivocal love for sinners and believers alike is why we are free. May God bless The Pope and Billy Billy Graham and maybe Mohammed.

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#209534 - 02/12/13 10:10 AM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]
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#209536 - 02/12/13 11:20 AM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]
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I ran across this BBC Radio 4 chat on how the Catholic Church is "into social media in a big way". Includes two different renderings of "tweet" in Latin: (the Vatican's) pagina publica breviloquentis and (Peter Jones) pipiatio (link).
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#209539 - 02/12/13 12:23 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: zmjezhd]
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A phrase from back in my 8 years of Latin:

It killed Caesar and it's killing me.
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#209549 - 02/12/13 04:56 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]
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#209552 - 02/12/13 06:26 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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I had in my Latin book:

Ubi,ubi sunt meum sub ubi.
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#209553 - 02/13/13 07:24 AM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: LukeJavan8]
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My used Latin book had the phrase eat more possum written in the back cover. I still haven't really translated that one to my satisfaction. The closest I've gotten is "If he go by means of custom, I can."

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#209585 - 02/15/13 02:54 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Rhubarb Commando]
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That's interesting about Latin's use in Vatican City. I didn't think that moribund was all that appropriate, either, since Latin gives birth to new words.

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