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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (in Latin and English)

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Mark your calendar to catch readings of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas in both Latin and good ol' English. The holiday classic sounds quite natural in Latin and can serve as a good learning tool--if you're in high school, it's rumored that knowing Latin helps students average an extra 160 points on the SAT (although that sounds strikingly like a myth begun by overzealous Latin teachers). Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit came out in 2000 and was so popular its translators quickly also published Cattus Petasatus (aka The Cat in the Hat). Now, reading the new, old version is becoming a tradition in itself--although never strong enough to supplant the original.

That's why UNC's Bull's Head Bookshop (inside Student Stores) will host one reading Dec. 4 with "Vir Doctissimus" Kenneth Reckford and the second with Dr. Thomas Stumpf. It all starts at 4 p.m. Get there early to nab a cozy seat. And don't forget: They're promising cookies and cider.
--Laura Hatmaker

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