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Latin spellcheck with Word 2007


Is anyone using this thing with Word 2007? I am (on Windows XP, if it makes a difference) and I can't seem to get the Latin language setting to stick during typing; it always reverts back to the language of my default input locale. At this point I'm not even sure whether this is Word playing up or whether the spellchecker wasn't designed to allow for as-you-type checking.

Anyone have any experiences to share?

Added by Raphaela on May 19, 2009 at 5:24am — 11 Comments

Scholiastae project

This came in a couple of days ago on Classics-L; I thought it might be of interest to some of the people here.

From: Wm Annis


Date: Sunday, February 22, 2009, 4:02:45 AM

Subject: [CLASSICS-L] A new web project: www.scholiastae.org

After years of hoping fruitlessly for web-based software to work up texts in the same way I do for Aoidoi.org, I finally gave up early this year, and learned how to write MediaWiki…

Added by Raphaela on February 24, 2009 at 3:42am — 15 Comments

Et sedebit conflans, et emundans argentum

A friend of mine emailed me this earlier today, and it's so perfect for Ash Wednesday that I couldn't resist reposting it here.

There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three which

says: He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver. This verse

puzzled the women and they wondered what this statement meant about the

character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out… Continue

Added by Raphaela on February 6, 2008 at 10:07am — No Comments

Anselm goes 1337

A propos of the Anselm reading group that starts, me ducente, this week on Latin Study, I found this deliciously geeky tidbit on one of the LiveJournal communities:

St. Anselm in a nerd chatroom by dracsmith

chatroom: Monster Mania

mecha1989: Hey, what if Mothra could breathe in outer space?

ranmasux: Dude! That would roxxor. What if he could breathe in outer space AND…

Added by Raphaela on January 9, 2008 at 3:45am — 2 Comments


There was an old vicar from Kew,

Who kept a small cat in a pew.

He taught it to speak

Alphabetical Greek,

But it never got further than µ.

Apparently Andrew's late feline was streets ahead of this one with regard to the pronunciation of classical languages.

(I wish I knew who authored this limerick so that I could provide proper attribution. I learned it from one of my Latin lecturers way back in my undergrad days, but nobody seemed to know who deserved credit… Continue

Added by Raphaela on December 27, 2007 at 12:25pm — No Comments

Puer tympanista

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Puer tympanista

Veni, dicunt, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Ad natum Dominum, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Portamus munera, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Quae sunt regalia, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

Adoratum sic, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum


Infans Jesu, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Sum pauper sicut tu, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Afferre nequeo, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

Quod dignum domino, pa-rum-pum-pum-pum,…

Added by Raphaela on December 24, 2007 at 3:47am — 2 Comments

Another setting of Resonet in Laudibus

A propos of Laura's most recent post in her Christmas songs series, there is also a rather lovely 19th century setting of this carol by Anselm Schubiger (1815-1888). A PDF of the music is downloadable via the ChoralWiki page. This setting uses only three verses of… Continue

Added by Raphaela on December 9, 2007 at 7:46am — No Comments

Why I read Latin out loud

In answer to Laura Gibbs' request for Latin manifestos:

Why I read Latin out loud

  • Because hearing something, even when I'm doing the speaking myself, makes it much easier to internalise and learn than when I'm just seeing the printed words on the page.
  • Because reading out loud is the only way I can think of to make sure I really know where the stress, at least, should go in any word in any given oblique case, never mind the vowel…

Added by Raphaela on December 3, 2007 at 4:26am — 19 Comments

New Anselm reading group on Latinstudy

I will be coordinating a reading group for Anselm's Proslogion on Latinstudy starting in the second week of January. I've been wanting to read this text for some time now, and was delighted to find that quite a lot of people on the list are interested as well. If anyone in this network is… Continue

Added by Raphaela on November 26, 2007 at 4:53am — No Comments

Luna collucente (aka Au clair de la lune)

Luna collucente

Quidam clamitat:

"Stilum ad scribendum

Quisnam mihi dat?

Exstincta candela

Lumen deest mi;

Pro amore Dei,

Portam aperi!"

Luna collucente

Hoc responsum fit:

"Aperire nolo

Nox cum atra sit.

Vigilat vicina,

Ab illa quaeras

Calamum ut scribas

Tuas litteras."

Luna collucente

Ad vicinam it

Lumen rogaturus,

Portamque ferit.

"Quis es tu qui pulsas

Extra ianuas?"

"Pro amoris deo,

Me… Continue

Added by Raphaela on November 14, 2007 at 2:29pm — 1 Comment



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