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Quid Cogitas? Or, How to Be Ready the Next Time the News Breaks in Latin

Vatican reporter Giovanna Chirri got the scoop of a lifetime on Monday, breaking the news of Benedict’s decision to resign. Why? Because she was the only journalist present who understood what the Pope, who made his announcement in Latin, had said.

To follow Senora Chirri’s example, a few simple steps

READ CHILDREN’S BOOKS IN LATIN

Non mi placent, O Pincerna,Virent ova! Viret perna!

They do not please me, O waiter,Eggs that are green! Ham that is green!

You can find the Doctore Seuss classics Virent ova! Viret perna! (Green Eggs and Ham), or Cattus Pettasatus (The Cat in the Hat), or even Quomodo Invidiosulus nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit (How the Grinch Stole Christmas). There’s also Winnie Ille PuHarry Potter et Philosophi Lapis, Hobbitus Ille, and many others. Get your kids started early!

LEARN YOUR LATIN COMPUTER TERMS

spreadsheet – tabula computativa

joystick – manipulus

download – extrahere

RAM – memoria volatilis

the program has crashed the system – systema a programmate dirutum est

World Wide Web —  Tela Totius Terrae