Anybody Read Latin?

Besides the wife of our own JPennStarr (though she is welcome to try and answer) does anybody read Latin any more?

Quick quiz: What does the new tag line (under the I, Pandora title) say? In English.

Rules: you cannot look online. You cannot type the phrase into Google. You CAN dredge through your minds depths and ancient lessons you thought you’d never use again.

I’ll take a few days and then post the answer.

I did take Latin years ago in school. From a few different teachers. Along with Koine (Common/Classical) Greek. These two languages have contributed to my love of words, perhaps more than any other single thing. Nobody speaks either of these languages any longer: modern Greek is nothing like Koine, and Latin died with the Romans except for in certain corners of Catholicism. But both languages have contributed to the modern languages to an incredible extent. Because of my studies I don’t necessarily have to have seen or heard or experienced a word before to know what it means. It’s usually based on some Latin or Greek root. When I was traveling in Italy over the winter, I found it relatively easy to read signs and understand the gist of what was being said (though I didn’t have anything to verify the accuracy of my guesses, at the least the tongue did not sound foreign) because of my knowledge of Latin.

And then I went to college, and found that Latin and Greek don’t count as foreign languages for credits towards my degree. I would need to take three semesters (they’ve since revised it to two semesters or 6 units) of another language. I though I’d declined enough nouns and conjugated enough verbs to drown a horse, even a linguists horse, and so I took American Sign Language. I don’t remember hardly any words from ASL even just a few years later, but I am comfortable conversing with deaf people; they can read lips really well, generally.

By the way: yes, the phrase is a bit ironic and humorous, in case you’ve figured it out already.

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