Latin gets revived in Laurel

“It’s not every day that a world-renowned author visits your town.”

 So begins the Laurel Leader News page and you start to second guess who this author might be. There’s a bit of a clue in the title, of course. “Latin” and “revival” are regularly associated nowadays with ARLT’s good friend Barbara Bell and here is another testament to the phenomenal success she continues to enjoy with her litle mouse from Vindolanda.  Read some more and feel good about Latin and teaching:

“It’s even less often that an author who has been honored by the queen of the United Kingdom visits your town.

But, that was just the case when Barbara Bell, a best-selling author and renowned Latin teacher, visited Laurel earlier this month.

Bell, the British author of the Minimus series of books, visited Laurel as part of a national tour aimed at promoting her book and helping train teachers in Latin.

“We’re an endangered species,” Bell said of Latin teachers and experts. “And I think that is a shame because languages are a marvelous thing and must be shown in an exciting light.”

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Homer Simpson’s Figures of Speech

At the Bristol Summer School a number of us agonised over rehetorical devices in Cicero – and just as much over where we might find Homer Simpson’s guide to figures of speech!  I was next to useless, having never seen a single episode, but I resolved to find the definitive guide. I’m still not sure if this is it, but it will do to be getting on with….

Homer Simpson’s Figures of Speech

Tripping Over Tropes With Springfield’s Master Rhetorician

By Richard Nordquist, About.com

In this article, we consider some of the ways in which Homeric rhetoric has traveled from The Odyssey to The Idiocy by way of America’s favorite cartoon character. Let’s journey to Springfield to review 20 classic figures of speech.

“English? Who needs that? I’m never going to England!”

 Woo-hoo! The immortal words of Mr. Homer Simpson–beer-guzzling, donut-popping patriarch, nuclear-power-plant safety inspector, and Springfield’s resident rhetorician. Indeed, Homer has contributed far more to the English language than just the popular interjection “D’oh.” Let’s take a look at some of those rich contributions–and along the way review several rhetorical terms.    

Homer’s Rhetorical Questions

Consider this exchange from a Simpson family symposium:

Mother Simpson: [singing] How many roads must a man walk down before you can call him a man?
Homer: Seven.
Lisa: No, dad, it’s a rhetorical question.
Homer: OK, eight.
Lisa: Dad, do you even know what “rhetorical” means?
Homer: Do I know what “rhetorical” means?

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