bonæ litteræ: occasional writing from David Rundle, Renaissance scholar

Gentlemen and Latin

Posted in Offbeat observations by bonaelitterae on 6 September, 2008

With thanks to the Financial Times for reminding us of this deathless quotation:

A gentleman need not know Latin but he should at least have forgotten it.

The words of James Brander Matthews (1852 – 1929), a professor at Columbia whose studies spanned both English and French literature, as well as the history of the English language. His short tract on The Englishing of French Words was published in 1921 by the Society for Pure English.

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  1. Stephanie said, on 10 September, 2008 at 9:53 am

    WordPress needs to disambiguate the above “Latin” tag, lest gentlemen seeking more about David’s preferred language get distracted by Peruvian and Chilean beauties.


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