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12th Apr '16 1:29:17 PM Prfnoff
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* Richard von Krafft-Ebing wrote the more lurid passages (and [[ForeignLanguageTitle title]]) of his book ''Psycopathia Sexualis'' in Latin in the apparent belief it would keep the merely salaciously curious away.
8th Apr '16 5:46:26 PM Orbiting
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->'''Lydia''': "I know Archaic Latin."\\
'''Allison''': "You know Archaic Latin?"\\
'''Lydia''': "I got bored with Classical Latin."\\
'''Allison''': "Just how smart '''''ARE''''' you?!"

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->'''Lydia''': "I I know Archaic Latin."\\
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'''Allison''': "You You know Archaic Latin?"\\
Latin?\\
'''Lydia''': "I I got bored with Classical Latin."\\
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'''Allison''': "Just Just how smart '''''ARE''''' you?!"you?!
19th Mar '16 2:19:27 PM nombretomado
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* Sheldon and Wolowitz try to use this against each other in ''TheBigBangTheory''.

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* Sheldon and Wolowitz try to use this against each other in ''TheBigBangTheory''.''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.



* ''MidsomerMurders'': One academic in "The Glitch" insists on saying nearly everything twice, first in Latin then in English.

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* ''MidsomerMurders'': ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': One academic in "The Glitch" insists on saying nearly everything twice, first in Latin then in English.
13th Mar '16 5:23:45 PM TheTropper
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* Doctus from ''Xenosaga''.
* In the first ''BrokenSword'' game, George reveals that he knows enough Latin to give rough translations of the various Latin sentences that crop up. He blames this knowledge on having studied law.

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* Doctus from ''Xenosaga''.
''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''.
* In the first ''BrokenSword'' game, ''VideoGame/BrokenSword'', George reveals that he knows enough Latin to give rough translations of the various Latin sentences that crop up. He blames this knowledge on having studied law.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros'' episode "Faking Miracles", Pete and Billy demonstrate nanomachines to Rusty by activating dormant portions of the brain to increase intelligence. Unbeknownst to them, the nano-tech is affecting Dean, causing him to speak Latin (though Billy states it's Babylonian), making Brock think that Dean has become possessed.



* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', in the episode "More Smarter": Moredecai and Rigby overdose on a smart drink, and one of the side effects is that they can only speak in Latin.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', in the episode "More Smarter": Moredecai Smarter", Mordecai and Rigby overdose on a smart drink, and one of the side effects is that they can only speak in Latin.



* [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]] is at one point shown with a Latin textbook, for a nice combination of this trope and NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork.

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* [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]] In ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter is at one point shown with a Latin textbook, for a nice combination of this trope and NerdsLoveToughSchoolwork.
4th Feb '16 1:59:46 PM R1ck
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* In seminary (studying to be a priest), learning Koine Greek or Hebrew is usually compulsory, so that one can read ''Literature/TheBible'' in its original language.

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* In seminary (studying to be a priest), learning Koine Greek or Hebrew is usually compulsory, so that one can read ''Literature/TheBible'' in its original language.languages.
4th Feb '16 1:57:41 PM R1ck
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* ''Series/{{Batman}}'': Dick's Aunt once tried to teach him Greek. He said it was all [[CaptainObvious Greek]] to him.
29th Jan '16 11:07:43 PM 940131
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29th Jan '16 11:07:42 PM 940131
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* Somewhat inverted in Ancient Rome: The smart people knew Greek, while Latin was everyday language of mundane things.
** Cicero supposedly apologized for writing his philosophy tracts in vulgar Latin instead of intellectual Greek.

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* Somewhat inverted in Ancient Rome: The smart people knew Greek, while Classical Latin was everyday language of mundane things.
** Cicero supposedly apologized for writing his philosophy tracts in vulgar Latin instead of intellectual
(the dialect spoken by upperclass Romans) and many patricians learned Greek.
22nd Jan '16 10:28:59 PM nombretomado
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* It's a running gag on ''{{QI}}'' to make fun of StephenFry's perceived posh upbringing. On one occasion, Bill made a joke about him knowing the Lord's Prayer in Latin, to which Stephen responded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLPXmVk5mHU quoting the first few lines of such at high speed]]. Helps that the Lord's Prayer is probably the most widely-known Latin text in the world, given the number of people who recite it by rote every single day, and the first two words "Pater noster" are a common alternative name for the prayer.
* An episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' had the protagonists end up in a world where being smart and well-educated is cool (they pass a punk on the street with a boombox blasting classical music and see a rap video about how cool it is to hang out at the library). Sports are all a mix of physical endurance and knowledge (kinda lends a whole new meaning to the term "mathlete"). Quinn in this world is a well-known athlete and a slider (although, [[spoiler:Quinn-prime finds out that this Quinn never discovered sliding and was just faking]]). He's also involved with some unsavory types. The episode's BigBad is a mobster who constantly likes to quote phrases in Latin and gets annoyed when the others have no idea what he said. Of course, it's entirely possible that many people know at least some Latin in this world, given the obsession with intelligence. At the end of the episode, right before sliding, Quinn departs with a Latin quip: ''Via Corinas Inundum.'' It's actually an ''amazingly'' good quip, well-suited to demonstrating Quinn's intellect - as Latin is actually a very flexible language this can be translated as either;

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* It's a running gag on ''{{QI}}'' ''Series/{{QI}}'' to make fun of StephenFry's Creator/StephenFry's perceived posh upbringing. On one occasion, Bill made a joke about him knowing the Lord's Prayer in Latin, to which Stephen responded by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLPXmVk5mHU quoting the first few lines of such at high speed]]. Helps that the Lord's Prayer is probably the most widely-known Latin text in the world, given the number of people who recite it by rote every single day, and the first two words "Pater noster" are a common alternative name for the prayer.
* An episode of ''{{Sliders}}'' ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' had the protagonists end up in a world where being smart and well-educated is cool (they pass a punk on the street with a boombox blasting classical music and see a rap video about how cool it is to hang out at the library). Sports are all a mix of physical endurance and knowledge (kinda lends a whole new meaning to the term "mathlete"). Quinn in this world is a well-known athlete and a slider (although, [[spoiler:Quinn-prime finds out that this Quinn never discovered sliding and was just faking]]). He's also involved with some unsavory types. The episode's BigBad is a mobster who constantly likes to quote phrases in Latin and gets annoyed when the others have no idea what he said. Of course, it's entirely possible that many people know at least some Latin in this world, given the obsession with intelligence. At the end of the episode, right before sliding, Quinn departs with a Latin quip: ''Via Corinas Inundum.'' It's actually an ''amazingly'' good quip, well-suited to demonstrating Quinn's intellect - as Latin is actually a very flexible language this can be translated as either;
17th Jan '16 11:42:13 AM nombretomado
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* Dr. Huang, TheShrink / TheSmartGuy / MrExposition on ''LawAndOrderSVU'' effortlessly steps in to correct a mistranslated Latin word in the episode "Silence".

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* Dr. Huang, TheShrink / TheSmartGuy / MrExposition on ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' effortlessly steps in to correct a mistranslated Latin word in the episode "Silence".
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