Category Archives: Words

What makes a classic?

I once flew from Cyprus to Egypt and was stuck in Larnaca airport during a very long delay with a somewhat paranoid guy who does security for missionary organisations. One of the topics that briefly surfaced in our strange conversation … Continue reading

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Skills not to be taken for granted: Latin inscriptions

When you look at the Pantheon, one of the many things that inevitably jumps out at you is the inscription: M AGRIPPA L F COS TERTIUM FECIT I like to use this inscription as an example for my students in … Continue reading

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The long-awaited review of Discourse Particles in Latin

Discourse particles in Latin : a study of nam, enim, autem, vero, and at by Caroline Kroon My rating: 5 of 5 stars A brief discourse on this particularly useful book: Kroon begins her discussion of nam, enim, autem, vero, … Continue reading

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Be cautious with words like ‘genocide’

Yesterday, in discussion about the previous night’s Charlemagne commemorative lecture, someone said that her main impression of Charlemagne was of him being ‘genocidal.’ I think we should be careful with the word genocide, and I don’t think it applies to … Continue reading

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‘Dupplicatio’ and other things that catch my eye in manuscripts

At this moment, I’m lurking in a hotel room in Oxford. I’m here to visit Oriel College MS 42 again (remember him from before?); I expect that Wednesday will be the last time I see the fellow. Whilst working today, … Continue reading

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Fairy and Fairy Tales

During my Christmas holiday, I’ve largely indulged two things for which my appetite is large — Marvel superhero films* and the world(s) of fantasy. The latter has taken the form of The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English … Continue reading

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Latin is all around us

Alternate Title: Latin Actually When I assert that Latin is all around us, I can’t really take my desk as an example, what with it having Leo in Latin in various forms as well as Lewis & Short’s A Latin … Continue reading

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Books As Objects: Including Reminiscences of Oxford & London, in Which Places I Saw Books

After two weeks of research in Oxford, I stopped off in London Friday night until my train whisked me back home to Edinburgh last night at 1700. Whilst in London, I spent the night at James’s and Saturday afternoon with … Continue reading

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Pedantry or Accuracy?

Now, I don’t quite remember the book The Screwtape Letters, but the other evening I saw the play put on by Saltmine at Edinburgh Fringe. And in the play, Screwtape talks about how people misuse words all the time, and … Continue reading

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The Sorrows of Aeneas

This is a brief thought that floated through my mind whilst reading W F Jackson Knight’s translation of Aeneid V this evening, for there we see Aeneas encounter his father, Anchises’, ghost. As Anchises fades from sight, having given his … Continue reading

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