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 Pu, Harry 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
DO YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKING IN LATIN
You could join the social networking site Schola, where all the fun takes place in Latin. Or, if you're not quite ready for that, switch your Facebook language to Latin. Instead of the rather casual and insouciant "How's it going?" it will ask you, with great dignity, "Quid cogitas?" or "What are your thoughts?"