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I dreamed I was taking a Latin vocabulary test, English-to-Latin, and was stuck on the last two words. One of them was "hillock", accompanied by a picture of a tumulus. In my dream, I thought "tumulus" was an Old English word. No wonder I couldn't think of the Latin. The other word was "old street", which I can't account for as a single word in Latin now that I'm awake either.

I'm not even taking the Latin exam next week, and I'm still getting second-hand stress dreams about it. Odd though, in some ways, that I'm not taking it. It's been part of my twice-yearly habits for so many years now.


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Sep. 1st, 2005 11:02 am (UTC)
On my friends page, there is Neil Gaiman's latest post, entitled "Toronto", followed immediately by your post entitled "Dream". It took me a couple of goes to actually get the authors of the two pieces the right way round in my head...
Sep. 1st, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
Having my writing confused with Neil Gaiman's - even if only on the basis of subject lines - is terribly flattering.
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:53 pm (UTC)
Why did you take it so often? I've taken it once, and I'm going to take it again next Spring, but there's no way I'd be able to take it more often that that ... I still have memories of the nervousness from last time ... ugh.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
I took it every time it was offered while taking Latin. You never know when you're going to pass, after all, and it can't hurt to up the odds. I took the PhD Latin exam all three or four times I was trying for the MA exam, which I passed. If you do well enough on the PhD exam, even if you fail the MA exam, they'll still pass you. There's no reason not to take the PhD exam, in other words, when trying to pass the MA, unless the stress is just excessive.

Frankly, taking it quite that often probably made me much more relaxed about the exam.

Then for another two years, I studied PhD Latin, and came very, very close to passing on my last two tries. Lately, however, finishing the degree took priority over the exam, and the exam is not required for my particular degree. I would still love to pass the PhD exam (I came SO close the last two times), but I won't be trying it again for at least another year or so, if ever. I'd need to be back in the habit of reading Latin more regularly than I have in the past few months.
Sep. 1st, 2005 10:37 pm (UTC)
Just don't stop using it. Or you'll end up like me -- the woman who passed the exam, and now has to have a dictionary on hand at all times. Of course, that's been true for a while. Land transactions are so formulaic that one gets very lazy about anything literary.
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