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Modern Latin

Hmm. C. just pointed out the new Latin dictionary from the Vatican, mentioned today by the BBC. It's named the Lexicon Recentis Latinitatis. The new formations to describe modern things cited by the BBC imply that the dictionary uses long and complicated accretions and phrases formed from existing Latin vocabulary, not neologisms. Thus, any way you use this dictionary, you'll come out sounding somewhat long-winded. That's my initial verdict, anyways, not having seen the thing.


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May. 16th, 2003 05:25 am (UTC)
Someone it's perfect for
When I saw this story on BBC, I immediately e-mailed it to a friend of mine whose area of concentration is Medieval papal documents... long-winded sounded like the very thing she would be used to : )

I looked at actually buying her a copy as a birthday present, but-- did you see this in the article?-- it costs over $100 US.

I will have to find fun things in my price range : )
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