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[Apr. 19th, 2005|03:05 pm]
We're Classicists and we're bitter...


odd occurence in greek class a while back. i go to write the word "dental", and it comes out in greek letters. i then have to struggle to write it in roman letters. am i crazy, or has this happened to anyone else?

[User Picture]From: ladyshrew
2005-04-19 12:09 pm (UTC)
When I come out of Greek and go to my Medieval history class, I have a really hard time writing my notes in Roman letters. :-P

And my lowercase Ds have certainly started looking like lowercase deltas now. :-P
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[User Picture]From: philosophercat
2005-04-19 12:18 pm (UTC)
That happens to me all of the time. I especially have problems separating miniscule alphas from my lowercase As. My Greek professor often goes to her literature classes later in the day and writes entire English words using Greek letters to.

Strangely... I have English profs who have never taken Greek who make their Js like really big miniscule sigmas- and one seems to throw in random miniscule zetas just for fun ;)
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[User Picture]From: chalepa_ta_kala
2005-04-19 12:38 pm (UTC)
One particularly embarrassing time occurred when we were translating on the board in Latin class, and I accidentally wrote out the translation in Greek. The best part was that the professor read it and marked it correct without noticing.
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[User Picture]From: windcedar
2005-04-19 05:28 pm (UTC)
Heh. That's a great story. :)

I had the problem more while I was learning Greek - these days it mostly only happens when I'm writing in neither English nor Greek. Like in German, if I write their big-S-that-looks-like-a-beta (can't remember what it's called), my hand tends to follow it with Greek - transliterated into German, which looks very odd. :)

It was worse when I was taking a Russian class - a knowledge of Greek really helps with picking up the Cyrillic alphabet, but! I had trouble keeping myself from absent-mindedly slipping into Greek, especially after letters that have the same sound in both alphabets, like rho. Usually caught myself, but I did write an iota on a test, without noticing, instead of the corresponding Cyrillic letter. Too bad my teacher wasn't a Classics prof - maybe then she wouldn't have noticed it either...I think she was rather puzzled.
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[User Picture]From: avehoward
2005-04-19 01:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah...I have found some of my Roman letters evolving to a Greek-Roman hybrid. And my shorthand has turned into a barely comprehensible mix of Greek and Roman. It's quite exciting.
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[User Picture]From: _kommando_
2005-04-23 08:28 am (UTC)


while my writing in any language is pretty much indecipherable, i'm finding that i notice the english derivatives of latin words a lot now, and occasionally try to decline english nouns like latin ones. i'm also becoming more annoyed with the inaccuracies of the english language. any one else notice that? scary ;)
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[User Picture]From: greyeyedminerva
2005-06-08 09:22 pm (UTC)
You're not crazy (or we both are). Certain words I just can't write in Roman letters anymore... One day a few months ago I was taking notes in an archaeology class and the word "catastrophe" came out in Greek letters for no good reason. Then I spent the rest of class trying to figure out where the accent went instead of listening to the lecture... :)
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[User Picture]From: gwathhenation
2007-10-24 09:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I find in all my classes with a lot of note-taking that I'm slipping back and forth between alphabets. And I've only been learning Greek for two years *headdesk*.
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[User Picture]From: eldritchwood
2007-10-24 10:16 pm (UTC)
So long ago... I miss greek class.
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