Councils ban 'elitist' and 'discriminatory' Latin phrasesYes, that is plural, councils. In more than one place in the UK, local councils are trying to ban stuff like 'etc.' Latin, like a linguistic zombie, rises from the crypt to threaten English!
Of course the piece has at least the usual amount of claptrap about people 'not knowing Latin' (these words and phrases are really part of English), about Latin loanwords as 'the great strength' of English (poor Germanic vocabulary!), blah blah freakin' blah.
The bottom line:
Professor Mary Beard, a professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge said: "This is absolute bonkers …".Thank you, Professor Beard. Of course, bonkers is probably more obscure than half the Latin terms banned, so maybe that should be rephrased. (The word is recent and etymologically pretty unclear, I think.)
Hat tip to R.
(Image from here. Pictured from left, that's Habeas Corpus, Ipso Facto, Primus Dudus, and Accusativus C. Infinitivo.)