Trivia Tuesday

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Until recently, I had never actually wondered this.

Latin is one of those things that just is, like the sun or the stars or the neverending production of Law & Order: SVU.

Guess what? It originated in the Latium region of Italy near the River Tiber and was spoken by Ancient Romans.

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4 Responses to “Trivia Tuesday”
  1. Rachel says:

    The next question is who the hell speaks Latin now, and why?

  2. Genevieve says:

    Well I don’t know who speaks it today, but I am just old enough to remember going to Catholic Mass (when I was very small) where the priest spoke Latin and held the mass facing the back of the altar, instead of facing the congregation. I think it was in the early 70s when it changed and after that we could understand what he was saying, and he faced us, standing behind the altar.

  3. Virginia says:

    Like Genevieve, I remember going to Catholic Mass as a child, when it was spoken in Latin. My mum – and most women – wore a black lace veil in those days. Not sure why it was black – maybe to do with being a “sinner” (good ole Catholic guilt!)… Some churches still have Latin mass. I learnt Latin in high school and really enjoyed it. When we’d learn new words, the teacher would ask the class what English words were derived from those Latin words. It was the one subject where I’d be the one putting my hand up the most, with answers! Who knew? (I still have my Latin-English dictionary!). These days, Latin’s reserved for the sciences mostly, isn’t it?

  4. Julie says:

    I recall my mates who went to the Catholic School in our town moaning lots about Latin lessons and how pointless they seemed. They said that that when they’d complain, their teachers always asserted that it was an essential subject if you ever wanted to get into a medical profession. Fair comment really but does that mean that most of today’s doctors are Catholic?

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