Monday, May 05, 2014


The Language of Grocers and Sardine-Sellers

W.G. Waddell, "A Teacher of Classics in Egypt," Classical Journal 28.7 (April 1933) 489-496 (at 489, n. 2):
As an indication of the popular feeling in Egypt towards ancient culture, it may be mentioned that when the chairs of Latin and Greek were created at Cairo, a journalist wrote in an Arabic newspaper: "Why should Egyptian students learn Greek, the language of grocers and sardine-sellers?"

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