Yhevhe wrote:"I would make them all learn English; and then I would let the clever
ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat"
--Sir Winston Churchill
Wow, that sounds... well, it puts greek into another level
Anyone knows when did he say that, and why?
In his memoirs he was explaining how he was introduced into Latin.
He had to learn the first declension by heart . After asking many questions about what all these words meant, the exasperated teacher said that he was being disrespectful and he was going to get punished and punished severly.
So... he was taught English instead. And English he learnt well.
Latin and Greek are good but English is what I need to make a living.
Naturally I am biassed in favour of boys learning English. I would make them all learn English: and then I would let the clever ones learn Latin as an honour, and Greek as a treat. But the only thing I would whip them for is not knowing English. I would whip them hard for that.
Churchill had a way with words. When one of his notes was edited with the comment that a sentence should not end with a preposition he said something like; A rule like that is something up with I can not put.
Slightly(?) intoxicated at a party, a lady came up to him and severly said: "Sir, you are drunk." He replied: "Yes, I know. You are ugly but I'll be sober in the morning."
(Enough of Churchill highjacking this thread)