Monday, August 27, 2012

Caught Short

This is from a critique of Gore Vidal. I post it here to lament that I will never understand the accusative and ablative any more that I will string theory.


For all his claims of erudition, Vidal suffered the wages of the public autodidact. I noticed he quoted Latin ad nauseam — and nearly always with his nouns and adjectives not just in the wrong cases (especially the confusion of the accusative and ablative in preposition phrases), but predictably in the fashion of those who like to copy down Latin phrases but cannot read a complete Latin sentence.

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