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‘That’ and how you use it

November 14, 2010


I was reading this tweet when I realised that the fact I was taught Latin as a child had altered my perception of how you write English. Take a look at it: Agree? “@nickbilton: The idea of a Facebook email service sounds utterly frightful, but email is so very broken, I’m all ears.” To me, […]

Homer’s colour blindness

October 29, 2010


When I first read The Iliad and The Odyssey I was very confused. Not by the phalanx of characters which come flooding at you, sometimes referred to only by their leitmotifs rather than their actual names (you need to juggle about twenty family trees in your mind, as well as remember who is “swift-footed”, who […]

Why we should all learn Latin

August 11, 2010


I was watching Domesday last night on BBC2, a programme about the massive state-of-the-nation census commissioned by William the Conqueror in 1086 in order to (depending on your viewpoint) create a great national database for the 11th century equivalent of the Inland Revenue or to assert his kingly power in a landgrab backed up by […]