Latin lessons

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Inside the Belt­way rode the U.S. Capi­tol sub­way April 30 with Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee Chair­man Sen. Pa­trick J. Leahy, Ver­mont Demo­crat.

“So, is your party go­ing to get a pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee soon?” we in­quired of the six-term sen­a­tor, re­fer­ring to the es­ca­lat­ing slugfest be­tween Sens. Barack Obama and Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton.

“Ore­mus! Ore­mus!” Mr. Leahy replied with hope­ful en­thu­si­asm.

Which, when trans­lated from Latin to English, means “Let us pray.”

Sec­onds later, as Mr. Leahy rode up the es­ca­la­tor to the Se­nate el­e­va­tors, he turned and shouted back some­thing to the ef­fect of “Per­mis­sum cam­pana or­bis,” mean­ing “Let the bells ring.”

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