LATIN: Language natural to man. Harmful to good writing. Is useful only for reading inscriptions on public fountains. Beware of Latin quotations: they always conceal something improper.

G. Flaubert, Dictionary of Platitudes. Quoted in Classics Transformed: Schools, Universities, and Society in England, 1830-1960, C. Stray, 1998, OUP, page 75.


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