Latin Mistake at UT Austin

August 5, 2016

On Monday, the University of Texas at Austin unveiled a memorial to those killed in a shooting on the campus 50 years ago. Now, scholars are saying that the Latin word on top of a list of those killed -- “Interfectum” -- does not convey the appropriate meaning and should be replaced, The Austin American-Statesman reported. The word has a negative meaning and suggests a single killing, not the kind of mass tragedy the university experienced 50 years ago, scholars say. “Why they didn’t run one Latin word in the inscription past somebody in the classics department is sort of unfathomable to me,” said Lesley Dean-Jones, chair of classics at the university. “We are 100 yards from the memorial, and nobody bothered to ask us.” The university is considering what to do about the issue.

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