26 June 2015
Anyone who has read my biog will know I failed Latin GCSE. When someone told me that this was his most treasured Latin tag, I rather wished I’d tried a bit harder:
Parturient montes nascitur ridiculus mus
(The mountains parted
and a ridiculous mouse was born.)
My source told me that this describes:
“Anyone who makes an enormous fuss
about producing something inconsequential.”
A kettle holder perhaps? Or a felt match box cover? Blotters? In fact the sort of things we spent ages fashioning for aged relations’ Christmas presents.
It’s by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, by the way, a.k.a. Horace.
I wanted to call our son Hyacinth but, gosh, I’m glad we didn’t call him Flaccus.
P.S. I have been made aware today that Flaccus is his surname. Told you I failed Latin. VB