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Pupils are increasingly demanding to study the subject, according to an exam board, as tattooed celebrities such as David Beckham and Angelina Jolie enhance Latin’s profile.
The OCR exam board today launched a new Latin qualification aimed at teenagers as secondary schools increasingly offer the subject, either during the curriculum or after-hours.
But examiners urged pupils not to emulate model Danielle Lloyd, whose Latin tattoo is riddled with errors.
While Beckham and Jolie’s Latin inscriptions are grammatically correct, Lloyd’s is meaningless, they said.
Her tattoo, ‘Quis attero mihi tantum planto mihi validus’, which is etched on to her shoulder, is intended to translate as ‘To diminish me will only make me stronger’.
But experts say the words in fact translate into something more akin to ‘Who I wear away for me only for me strong’.
Simple: Actor Colin Farrell opted for Carpe Diem meaning seize the day, but model Danielle Lloyd went for a longer and grammatically incorrect phrase
Beckham, on the other hand, gets full marks for his two Latin tattoos.
The footballer has ‘Ut Amem Et Foveam’ (meaning ‘So that I love and cherish’) inscribed on his left forearm and ‘Perfectio In Spiritu’ (meaning ‘Perfection in spirit’) on his right.
Meanwhile Jolie chose ‘Quod me nutrit me destruit’, which means ‘What nourishes me also destroys me’.
Other celebrities embracing the trend include actor Colin Farrell, who has ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the day’ inscribed on his left forearm.
The OCR exam board said schools and youngsters were aware of the continuing influence of Latin and had expressed an interest in a qualification to recognise basic achievement in the subject.
The new ‘Entry Level Certificate in Latin’ is a qualification in its own right or could be taken as a precursor to a GCSE or A-level in Latin. It is likely to be taken by 13 to 17-year-olds.
It follows a surge in the number of secondary schools offering Latin over the past decade.
Surveys suggest that one in five secondaries now teaches the subject, including several hundred comprehensives.
A computer-based Latin course backed by Cambridge University is said to have made it easier for schools to offer Latin.
The team behind the project say schools are held back by a lack of access to Latin, rather than a lack of interest in it.
Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London and a long-standing advocate of Latin, said: ‘I’m delighted that OCR are introducing the first ever Entry Level Qualification in Latin.
‘It proves how much demand there is for this great subject and will provide the perfect platform for the next generation of classicists.’
Students will be introduced to the Latin language, including a list of 100 Latin words. They will also study aspects of Roman culture.
OCR said the continuing influence of Latin in day-to-day life could be seen in baby naming.
It said three of the four top girls’ names have Latin origins – Olivia (from Latin ‘Oliva’ meaning Olive), Emily (from the Latin ‘Aemilianus’, a Latin family name) and the Grace (from Latin ‘Gratia’, meaning goodwill or kindness).
Two of a kind: Cricketer Andrew Flintoff shows off his Latin ‘XI’ tattoo with fellow player Kevin Pietersen, left and right, who has similar body art
Paul Dodd, qualifications manager for languages and literature at OCR, said: ‘Latin vocabulary has had a rich and lasting influence on English, as well as being the foundation for modern day Spanish, French and Italian.
‘Latin language and culture have played a major part in shaping our own intellectual, literary, artistic and political traditions.
‘Many schools already teach Latin alongside other subjects but have no way of formally recognising their learners’ achievements below GCSE.
‘Our new Entry Level qualification provides a good bridge to further attainment as well as providing a way of recognising the skills learned.’
Here’s a list of celebrities that have a butterfly tattoo:
- Drew Barrymore: has one on her abdomen, right under her belly button.
- Maria Carey: has a lower back butterfly tattoo (fake or not?).
- Paris Hilton: has a small butterfly tattoo on her back (could be temporary).
- Kelis: has a butterfly on her stomach.
- Dolly Parton: country star with a flutterby on her chest.
- Julia Roberts: has a lower back butterfly.
- Britney Spears: has a butterfly tattoo on her left foot.
To sum it up: butterfly tattoos are among the most versatile tattoo images, which helps explain their popularity with women. They are inherently feminine, but not necessarily ‘girly’ and you can make either a bold or subtle statement with butterfly tattoo art. All of this means that we are likely to see even more butterfly tattoos in the years to come.Tags: butterfly tattoos, celebrity tattoos