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Monday, March 14, 2005

I just love Latin, don't you?

UNUS PRO OMNIBUS, OMNES PRO UNO

Carpe diem

Carpe nochem

12 Comments:

At Tue Mar 15, 10:22:00 AM AST, Anonymous Realmspace said...

Did you ever learn it?

 
At Tue Mar 15, 10:43:00 AM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

No, but I've been thinking about it.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 11:00:00 AM AST, Blogger Quackin' Mad Duck said...

Comes in very useful when watching vampire movies. I just finished watching Blade I & II. Lot of Latin flying around. Does anyone know what the deal is with vampires speaking latin? Always puzzled me.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 11:31:00 AM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

I think because they're supposed to be old, and it was the standard language of the days long since gone.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 08:35:00 PM AST, Anonymous Realmspace said...

Latin was the language of the nobles, the educated, and most vampires are supposed to be old hence educated, as u can't really sit around twiddling your thumbs for a couple of centuries without doing something. I learned latin a long time ago, don't remember much of it anymore, was quite a useful thing to know in Britain about 30 years ago, I do not have a lot of use for it nowadays, so no great loss.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 08:40:00 PM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

I disagree. I think any time you lose a language through non-use it's a loss. I still keenly feel the loss of Ukrainian, though I have no real opportunity to practice it and do not forsee any need for it in the future. Latin, though, I might just take.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 08:45:00 PM AST, Anonymous Realmspace said...

But latin is not really a spoken language in the sense that it is a countries national language. Granted it could be useful in some respects but for the most part not anymore.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 08:50:00 PM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

Not everything that is learned is useful in the real world. Part of being alive is not just studying that which gives you skills to survive. Sometimes you may want to know things for the sake of knowing them.

For example, does it help me in the real world to know that the Imperial Planetoid Dahak has a virtually unlimited cruising range, and if crew expansion is contained, can support life aboard almost indefinitely? No, it doesn't.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 09:02:00 PM AST, Anonymous Realmspace said...

Not quite the same reality dude.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 09:29:00 PM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

Reality is what you make it.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 10:21:00 PM AST, Blogger The Talking Mute said...

Note: My comments are not meant to debate on religion but to use an event in the past that touches on the subject matter being discussed.

Comment:
Didn't you wish that you were born 40 or 50 years ago when the whole Christendom celebrated mass (Catholic) in Latin? That was the best time to learn Latin (just for the sake of learning it). My mother would recount from time to time how they recited their prayers in Latin and how she said that she felt like she was in heaven listening to some foreign tune (Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, Venermur Cernui). Imagine Filipinos wasting at least one hour of their Sundays listening to some foreign language. And one would wonder how the faithful could say, "that was a nice sermon" (with the priest's back facing the people). Thank God for Vatican Council II when they replaced the Latin mass with the native tongues spoken in each country that embraces Catholicism.

 
At Tue Mar 15, 10:49:00 PM AST, Blogger The Mad Perseid said...

It's been said that when the Church eliminated Latin from prayer, they lost much of their power over the commons. Or so it's been said.

 

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