Re: When I were a lad ...
@Voyna i Mor
Let's agree, but you used four words against my one word, and it's an interesting topic.
One interesting question is this - "why did the industrial revolution start in Europe".
More than one thousand years ago our friends around Baghdad were far ahead of us in mathematics and science in its various forms. But then a priest stepped in and progress stopped.
Then about 500 years ago a chap, Martin Luther, broke the power of the Catholic Church in Northern Europe and what we call the Age of Enlightenment become possible*.
The priests started to preach in their native tongue but teaching Latin in schools did not end.
As the good programmer I think I was and good at copy/past as you have to be, here is some regarding Latin.
"Latin was originally spoken in the area surrounding Rome, known as Latium. Through the power of the Roman Republic, it became the dominant language, initially in Italy and subsequently throughout the western Roman Empire. Vulgar Latin developed into the Romance languages, such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Romanian. Latin, Greek, and French have contributed many words to the English language. In particular, Latin and Ancient Greek roots are used in theology, biology, science, medicine, and law.".
While I did not attend a "Latin" school I had my fair share of phrases in Latin as it's part of our European heritage.
And my favourite is - Ceterum censeo Brexit esse delendam.
*according to Bertrand Russell