OK so my potted history of Latin may not be entirely accurate but hopefully its’ a bit of fun and payback for years of conjugation, declension, gerunds etc etc.
Decline and Fall
|Amo, amas, amat the cat
Amabo, amabis, amabit this Latin shit!
Amavi, amavisti, amavit Spooner’s shining wit.
Verbum, verbum, verbum, the word.
Dominus, domine, dominum, of the lord.
When Roman cohorts ruled this land
Inevitably Latin in Britain declined,
Now I, Pherecrates, shall speak,
|8th December 2013 – headline from the Guardian
Notes: “Dictionary completed after a century in preparation.” A monumental dictionary of medieval British Latin has been completed after a century of research and drafting, in a project that spanned the careers of three editors and a small army of contributors. The 17th, and final, part of The Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources draws on more than 1,400 sources from the sixth to the 16th century, including the Domesday Book, the Magna Carta and the Bayeux tapestry. Latin was used across Europe by clergy, scientists, philosophers, and lawyers for more than a thousand years after the fall of the Roman empire. Medieval British Latin was particularly distinctive being affected by the diversity of native spoken languages, including English, French, Irish, Norse, and Welsh.
- Medieval Latin dictionary completed (bbc.co.uk)
- Medieval Latin dictionary completed after 100 years (sidrabaksh.wordpress.com)
- Dictionary completed after a century in preparation (theguardian.com)
- Mirabile dictu! The Catholic Herald publishes its first front-page report in Latin (catholicherald.co.uk)