Our school was small, and the reason we had Latin offered, instead of French or Spanish or German, was because of Ms. Edwina Nutter. A teacher of English, she also knew Latin.
(J’regrette! Lo siento mucho! Gotdammenstein!)
Ms. Nutter was no nutter; shrewd and humorous she was. She liked to travel, and since a nine-month teaching job paid frugally, every other year she’d promote a grand tour of Europe, with herself as the guide, travelling free. An educated woman in a small Texas town.
Latin not useful, you say? Ha! I beg to differ …
To this day, I still recall these five handy phrases …
- Semper Fidelis. (Always Faithful.)
- Agricolae puellae sunt. (The girls are farmers.)
- Pax vobiscum. (Peace go with you.)
- Vini, Vidi, Vici. (I came, I saw, I conquered.)
- Est ne puella? (Are you a girl?)
As you can see, these five phrases will cover almost any situation. At least, they have for me. Highly recommended!