Language: Latine Loqui Libet

Latine Loqui Libet

Once the lingua franca of the civilized world, Latin today is little more than the fusty muttering of academics, historians and (some) priests. But in Rome a team of linguists led by top Latin scholar Abbot Carlo Egger is working to rectify that unspeakable state of linguistic affairs.

This spring the Vatican is publishing the A-to-L volume of a lexicon turning into Latin some 15,000 phrases that did not exist in the time of Cicero and Caesar. Among the neologisms from the complete opus: ampla rerum venalium domus (supermarket), ignitabulum nicotianum (cigarette lighter), nuntius fulminans (news flash) and mulierum liberatio (women's...

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