FW: Earliest tsk-tsk?

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Sat May 26 23:39:58 UTC 2001

What Allen gives below is a really good one.  I know that Cicero expressed
sentiments about the downfall of correct use of Latin among the younger
crowd in his day (mid 1st cent. BC), but I don't have the citation at hand.
Perhaps a classicist on the list could help?

Frank Abate

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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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