Wordsmith.org: the magic of words

Wordsmith Talk

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2
#209514 - 02/11/13 10:08 PM NPR article re Latin  
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
JoeInSeattle Offline
stranger
JoeInSeattle  Offline
stranger

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
Seattle,Washington, USA

#209519 - 02/11/13 10:39 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]  
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,075
Rhubarb Commando Offline
old hand
Rhubarb Commando  Offline
old hand

Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 1,075
Lancaster, UK
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


I'm immortal until proven otherwise
#209524 - 02/12/13 04:05 AM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Rhubarb Commando]  
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,554
jenny jenny Offline
veteran
jenny jenny  Offline
veteran

Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,554
Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
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.

#209534 - 02/12/13 03:10 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]  
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Buffalo Shrdlu  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Vermont
oy.


formerly known as etaoin...
#209536 - 02/12/13 04:20 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]  
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,290
zmjezhd Offline
Carpal Tunnel
zmjezhd  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 3,290
R'lyeh
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).


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
#209539 - 02/12/13 05:23 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: zmjezhd]  
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 8,917
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel
LukeJavan8  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 8,917
Land of the Flat Water
A phrase from back in my 8 years of Latin:

It killed Caesar and it's killing me.


----please, draw me a sheep----
#209549 - 02/12/13 09:56 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: JoeInSeattle]  
Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Buffalo Shrdlu  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2002
Posts: 7,210
Vermont
semper ubi sub ubi


formerly known as etaoin...
#209552 - 02/12/13 11:26 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]  
Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 8,917
LukeJavan8 Offline
Carpal Tunnel
LukeJavan8  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 8,917
Land of the Flat Water
I had in my Latin book:

Ubi,ubi sunt meum sub ubi.


----please, draw me a sheep----
#209553 - 02/13/13 12:24 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: LukeJavan8]  
Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
Faldage Offline
Carpal Tunnel
Faldage  Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803
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."

#209585 - 02/15/13 07:54 PM Re: NPR article re Latin [Re: Rhubarb Commando]  
Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
JoeInSeattle Offline
stranger
JoeInSeattle  Offline
stranger

Joined: Feb 2013
Posts: 2
Seattle,Washington, USA
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.

Page 1 of 2 1 2

Moderated by  Jackie 

Forum Statistics
Forums16
Topics13,878
Posts223,695
Members9,007
Most Online3,341
Dec 9th, 2011
Newest Members
Mallo, drad_dog, Kimi, apma1, bpatterson0032
9007 Registered Users
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 49 guests, and 2 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Top Posters(30 Days)
apma1 1
Top Posters(All Time)
wwh 13,858
Faldage 13,803
Jackie 11,613
tsuwm 10,538
LukeJavan8 8,917
AnnaStrophic 6,511
Wordwind 6,296
of troy 5,400
Disclaimer: Wordsmith.org is not responsible for views expressed on this site. Use of this forum is at your own risk and liability - you agree to hold Wordsmith.org and its associates harmless as a condition of using it.

Home | Today's Word | Yesterday's Word | Subscribe | FAQ | Archives | Search | Feedback
Wordsmith Talk | Wordsmith Chat

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.014s Queries: 15 (0.003s) Memory: 2.7248 MB (Peak: 2.8661 MB) Zlib disabled. Server Time: 2017-06-26 22:43:36 UTC