Friday, 15 July 2016
mobile writing retreat. One recent visit was to Lullingstone Roman Villa. The ruins and artefacts were interesting of course, but there was also something which captured my writer's imagination - Latin.
I was aware that some people still studied this language and that Latin terms are used for plant names and mottos (in my last day job I sometimes had to say 'honi soit qui mal y pense').
What I hadn't realised was that so many Latin phrases are still in common use. If you've ever drone on ad naseum about the dramatis personae acting on an ad hoc or de facto basis, inhabiting terra firma, et cetera in your magnum opus, then you were speaking Latin!