Yanhao strides into the classroom, wielding a half-full (optimism ftw) plastic bottle of water by the neck. Positioning himself at the front of the room, he takes up a stance of utter concentration and determination, eyes directly pointedly at a spot on the front desk. With a single intake of breath, the room falls into silence as it anticipates the magnitude of the feat it is about to witness. The teacher clasps cupped hands over their mouth, barely stifling a shocked gasp. As Yanhao shuts his eyes, one singular bead of sweat trickles down the length of his neck. In one fell swoop of his arm, he chucks the bottle up into the air. It pirouettes, landing elegantly on its base with barely a wobble. The silence explodes into madness.
A while ago Yanhao sent me this rather amusing drawing he found, in the hope that I might be able to understand it better than he did, seeing as I have had considerably more experience when it comes to the language that is Latin. Yes, I took Latin for A-level. No, that was not a joke. It’s not funny, stop laughing.
By going through what the image actually entails, I thought I’d be able to share with you today the joys of Latin. Perhaps you can go share it with your friends and wow them with your amazing knowledge of a few Latin phrases.
The world has been stunned in recent weeks by the incredible performance of Aja Huang in a monumental five-game competition of the board game Go. Merely an amateur at the game in comparison to world champion Lee Sedol, Huang boldly challenged the Go master, placing $1 million at stake. If Huang was victorious, he would graciously donate the money to charity; if he was defeated, all the money would be given to Sedol. What an insanely audacious move by Aja Huang! How did he possibly expect to overcome the grandmaster at this extremely complex and intricate game?