Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Leigh: The Comic Latin Grammar
The Comic Latin Grammar by Percival Leigh (1840)
As the full title explains, this is "a new and facetious introduction to the Latin tongue." This is a charming little book; to give you a sense of its style, here is how it describes the parts of speech: "The reason, says the fool in King Lear, why the seven stars are no more than seven - is a pretty reason - because they are not eigh. This is a fool's reason; but we (like many other commentators) cannot give a better one, why the Parts of Speech are no more than either - because they are not nine. They are as follows: Noun, Pronoun, Verb, Participle, declined; Adverb, Preposition, Conjunction, Interjection, undeclined. Most schoolboys would like to decline them altogether." Ha!