Monday, June 07, 2010

The future of Latin

I watched a DVD over the weekend, which is a rather rare event these days. My choice was An Education, which came out late last year I think, with a screen-play written by Nick Hornby. The main character Jenny is in her final year of high school, studying hard to get into Oxford. Her weakest subject just happens to Latin, and for her birthday she gets a New Latin Dictionary (in fact two; one from her dad and one from her admirer).

At one point in the film she's disappointed to have received a B for Latin, and one of the other characters comforts her by saying:

Someone told me that in about 50 years, no one will speak Latin, probably. Not even Latin people.

1 comment:

Sophia said...

Fantastic movie btw.