Thursday, June 17, 2004


The Curse of Babel

Michael Tweedie, Insect Life (London: Collins, 1977), p. 170:
The general use of Latin as a means of communication is now virtually confined to biological nomenclature. Failure to maintain its use as a language is the one great loss that science and culture have suffered during the last couple of centuries. If it had been retained people inclined towards learning and travel would have had to learn one language in addition to their own to enable them to go about the world largely unimpeded by the curse of Babel.

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