Mini-Rumination: English Only Spoken Here

In the wake of Newt Gingrich’s television ad belittling Mitt Romney for the apparent crime of being able to speak a second language, The Curmudgeon wishes to assure his readers that he speaks English and only English.  He has no talent for foreign language whatsoever.  Four years of Hebrew school and seven years of studying Latin left him unable to express even a single thought in either language, save his ability to sing the first few lines of Virgil’s Aeneid to the tune of an old Jewish folk song and his inexplicable recollection of the single Latin phrase “Carthago delenda est.”  These words means “Carthage must be destroyed” – which it was, which in turn means that the only thing The Curmudgeon can say in Latin is about a country that was wiped off the face of the earth 2000 years ago.

Consequently, visitors to this site can be assured that in reading The Curmudgeon’s words, they are not engaging in any activity that will be viewed as elitist and are not doing anything that will come back to haunt them later in life.

The Four-Eyed Curmudgeon:  a place where you can be proud to be an educated person.

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  • Scott  On January 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

    “Arma virumque cano…Troja qui primus ob oris…Italia fato profugit. Laviniaque venit littora multum. Ille et terris jactatus et alto vi superum…salve memorum junonis…” So… how many people on this planet can join The Curmudgeon in singing the first few lines of Virgil’s Aeneid to the tune of an old Jewish folk song? It is an exclusive club indeed!

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On January 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Yes, it’s an exclusive club, and The Curmudgeon suspects that the other three members are not reading his ruminations. And for the record, you get much, much further than The Curmudgeon on that song. Another test of your memory will be posted in the near future.

  • Peaches Shimmerdeep  On January 25, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Next, we will be having hearings in Washington to determine if these multi-lingual types have a past that should be suspect and might possibly be a threat to our national security. I don’t speak another language, either, but I WISH I did. And I’m a liberal democrat who would probably not vote for Mr. Romney, but jeez…can’t we pick our battles better than this? It’s ridiculous.

    Last week, I commented to a more conservative leaning friend that I, too, abhorred the display on ABC of Newt’s ex-wife sharing information about their marriage in the name of showing Newt’s true character. No one seems to dispute that he is a dog in that department. The fact that she, too, was once the “other woman” seemed to slip her mind. Newt, the great debator, came out swinging on that one, citing his daughters’ dismay (kids born to his first wife, I think, who no doubt had no love lost for little miss Town Crier). I would have been surprised if his daughters from any mother would have taken a public stance against their father at this juncture–I mean, who would they be then? The Reagan kids? But I digress. The point is that Mt Gingrich and his ex-wife are both

    If Romney’s sins are getting rich, living well, and being educated enough to speak another language fluently, I can more than live with that. Unfortunately, Mr Romney does not to date seem to be the campaigner or the debator that Gingrich is, but he may well be more able to govern and solve problems than Gingrich could ever be. Wonder if his party will see that? It should be interesting to watch.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On January 25, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Excellent points all. On The Curmudgeon’s list of potential blog topics is one of the very matters you raise: the weight being given to debating skills. Perhaps he will move this up the queue and tackle the subject sooner rather than later.

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