While we in the United States were all getting our Barack Obama on last week, our neighbors across the way had their own reasons to get excited. Here are two:
British local officials ban the use of some Latin words in official documents. Detractors strike back:
“Professor Mary Beard, a professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge said: “This is absolute bonkers and the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing. English is and always has been a language full of foreign words. It has never been an ethnically pure language.”
Whoa, the linguistic equivalent of ethnic cleansing? Them’s fighting words, to be sure. A quick search on this topic reveals many articles with over-the-top and yet amusing references to random Latin words and phrases. Latin is out of MRP’s sphere of expertise, although anyone who wishes to give it a go, please have at it.
And hat tip to Mighty Quinn (no relation to MRP) for the heads-up on the list of top ten irritating phrases as compiled by researchers at Oxford University. At the end of the day, and with all due respect, I personally believe that “it’s a nightmare” shouldn’t of made the list as it is fairly unique and can absolutely be used 24/7. You?