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Latin Matters: A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing (Matters)

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Latin is a tricky subject that comes under assault from all kinds of non cognoscenti who claim its anachronistic tendencies as an easy target. From the spells of Harry Potter to the origins of everyday phrases and the terms that litter law and medicine, this is a fascinating treasure trove of facts about Latin that demonstrates that this supposedly dead language is in fact both important and contemporary. Did you know that the Hogwart's school motto, draco dormiens nunquam titillandus means "a sleeping dragon should never be tickled"? Or that orbis non sufficit on James Bond's coat of arms means "the world is not enough"? Or that a scientist with a wicked sense of humor gave a water beetle the Latin name of Ytu Brutus? Perfect for enthusiasts and novices a like, this is entertaining evidence that theres nothing boring about ancient languages.

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Simon James is a Latin teacher.

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ISBN:
9781906032319
Author:
James, Simon
Publisher:
Portico Books
Subject:
Etymology
Subject:
Latin
Subject:
Linguistics - Etymology
Subject:
Reference-Etymology
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Matters
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
6.5 x 5 x 0.7 in 0.62 lb

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