Thursday’s quiz

You’re invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual batch of Jamaican Lime Biscuits.

4 Responses to Thursday’s quiz

  1. Andrei says:

    Today we shall consider this phrase “mare nostrum”

    (1) What is this language ?

    (2) What the literal translation of these words into modern English?

    (3) how would we express this today in modern English?

    (4) Can you write this using the original orthography of the language from which it comes?

    (5) What was Operation Mare Nostrum, when did it occur and who organized it?


  2. Gravedodger says:

    1 latin
    2 Roman sea
    3 Mediterranean Sea
    4 pass Latin was never learned by moi
    5 Il Duce, Benito Mussolini, became emboldened in his Empire creation by “smashing” Ethiopian troops, set about building a Navy to control The Med as his Mare Nostrum, then things went awry and he ended up dangling by his feet from a petrol station structure along with his current squeeze Clara Petacci.

    ps Welcome Home Andrei


  3. Will says:

    I think it means ‘Our Sea.’

    I did learn Latin but it doesn’t seem to be helping me with the rest.


  4. Teletext says:

    Andrei, great to have you back again. You have been missed.

    1. Latin

    2. Our Sea

    3. Mediterranean Sea

    4. My latin is long forgotten and my daughter who is currently studying it in Year 9 can’t help either

    5. It was run by the Italian Government and ran from 2013 – 2014. It involved the Italian Navy and Air Force and was supposed to control the immigration from North Africa and the Middle East by the boat people. I think it was partially funded by the European Union but it ceased when it became too expensive to run and was replaced by a smaller operation. There were successes in the search and rescue side of the operation but the stopping the immigrants part was a dismal failure.


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