Ok Now whilst I think that the teacher is being very good to us all and gives each one of us an A+ each week I really do not think that we are being stretched so I have decided to do just that .
Now we are in this together folks I am not a latin scholar and I have googled all this I mean come on who in this day and age needs Latin?
French maybe German possibly American even ( well the understanding of the differences so as not to be embarrased and go into a stationary shop and ask for a rubber whoa hang on before you think I am being rude here in this civilised school I meant an erasure) but Latin who on earth needs Latin?
This was Gaywood Park School when I went.
I am one of those people who finds language fascinating I have never studied it aoart from the compulasary French at secondary school sorry in American that translates to High school
Then I really could not see the point of learning to speak French I lived in England I never went out of England, well I had been to France and they spoke gobbledy gook but AJ could communicate so that was ok. So French lessons were a complete waste of time to me as was typing . Any way back to my French lessons being the class idiot at times ( kids if your reading this do as I say not as I did) I used to fill my mouth woth polo mints give one crunch there rendering my mouth useless for speach of any kind and proceed into the classroom where the french Madam would be stood waiting , after two three minutes I would be asked a question which obviously I could not answer and would then be ordered to empty the contents of my mouth into the metal waste bin now here comes the best bit, I leant that if I put a lot of force ( use to listen in science ) into expelling (and english) the contents of my mouth it would ricochet of the sides of the bin making the most horrendous noise ever.
This became standard practice in the end there was a small group of us that would take it in turns to have a mouthfull of polo mints.
We did not do it every lesson but poor madam never knew when the attack would come and I have to say that was the only bad thing I did at school .
Any way I got side tracked back to latin hey you wake up.
Bill Bryson has written a book comparing language and I can't for the life of me remember what it is called if any one can help would appreciate it might read again..
I sometimes look at a foreign word and think oh that is similar to an english word or vice vera do you?
No Ok I am strange then
Some latin everyday words
beer -bibere (= to drink)
box -buxus (= boxwood)
mile -mille passus (= 1,000 paces)
sack- saccus (= large bag)
salary- salarium (= salt ration)
sock -soccus (= slipper)
street -strata (uia) (= paved way)
wall -uallum (= palisaded earthwork)
caster/cester/chester (as in Lancaster, Gloucester, Chester) -castra (= camp, fort)
Latin/English word Meaning of original Latin word
camera thing to be referred
data things to be discussed
exit empty thing
innuendo arched roof
lens he/she goes out
media things given
This was taken at spheering last year.
agenda -things to be discussed
album- blank white stone tablet (on which notices could be written)
camera- arched roof
curriculum- race course
data -things given
exit -he/she goes out
innuendo- by hinting
media- things in the middle
referendum- thing to be referred
vacuum -empty thing