Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Repetitio Est Mater Studiorum

That single Latin phrase inspired me the day a high school teacher (the same one!) wrote it out on a chalkboard. The lesson that day was not about rote memorization either. Rather, we were discussing how newspaper and broadcast advertising, movies, and popular music massaged our brains. I took in the intended message, but the Latin itself came alive for me. I recognized vestigial kernels of words cloaked in many English words.

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