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(The Week)   So, you think Latin is a dead language, eh?   ( divider line
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2013-02-26 09:52:30 AM  
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jigger: But Julius Caesar (pronounced Yulius Kaisar) pronounced most of these words differently than an English speaker would.

Virus  - veeroos

wouldn't it be weeroos, I thought the 'v' was a 'w' sound.

\\ don't know latin
\ seem to recall the 'v' thing
2013-02-26 09:49:01 AM  
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I took Latin all the way from junior high through college.

I'm a welder now. I build inland and ocean-going barges.

But damn if I can't rock a crossword. The etymology aid it provides is also quite handy to understanding new words, and unknown words from other Romance languages.
2013-02-26 08:48:10 AM  
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Yes I do think Latin is a dead language.  Call me when you see thousands of three-year olds speaking it.

/For heaven's sake, one would have to pretty damned ignorant not known that large parts of English vocabulary were derived from Latin.   And indeed FAR larger parts of the romance languages especially Italian were as well.
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