Thesaurus Linguae Latinae

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussions' started by Kizmet, Dec 1, 2019.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    This article is a few years old but here's what happened. There's a similar article in today's NY Times. Unfortunately, it's behind a paywall. So I googled up another article, this one from the Smithsonian because I wanted to read about it. Maybe you will too. It's about the creation of a comprehensive dictionary of the Latin language that started 125 years ago and might best done by 2050. Fascinating, right?
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  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    By the time they get this one done, English will be dead. They'll have to start another book for English. I can see it now. "If the word exists in graffiti on a toilet in Manchester or Newark NJ, we've got it."
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  3. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    I find dead languages much more interesting than living languages. It's just so fitting when the means of relating history becomes history and so poetic when the final story told in a language is the story of itself.

    On the other hand, it would have been way cool if I could learn Latin, Egyptian and Sanskrit in my lifetime, and actually had someone to talk to in it. :emoji_nerd:
  4. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    To clarify, I like the IDEA of dead languages, I've never taken to learning any, myself. I'll leave that task to Johann. :emoji_metal:

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