Monday, May 18, 2009


Use It or Lose It

George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier, chapter 9:
You forget your Latin and Greek within a few months of leaving school—I studied Greek for eight or ten years, and now, at thirty-three, I cannot even repeat the Greek alphabet—but your snobbishness, unless you persistently root it out like the bindweed it is, sticks by you till your grave.
There is much interesting information in Paul Burton, "George Orwell and the Classics," Classical and Modern Literature 25.1 (2005) 53-75 (.pdf format).

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