Earliest tsk-tsk?

A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu May 24 16:30:22 UTC 2001

how about the epitaph of the Roman poet Naevius (d. ca. 199 B.C.E.).

inmortales mortales si foret fas flere,
flerent diuae Camenae Naeuium poetam.
itaque postquam est Orcho traditus thesauro,
obliti sunt Romae loquier lingua Latina.

maberry at u.washington.edu

On Thu, 24 May 2001, Mai Kuha wrote:

> What might be the earliest documented cases of negative reactions to
> language change (for example, statements along the lines of "young
> people nowadays don't speak the language well")? I've heard that these
> sentiments were expressed in ancient Greece and Rome, but haven't found
> the actual quotes. Does anyone have such quotes handy? Thanks in advance.
> -Mai
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