Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos


Roxbury Latin lunch room l953 p 35-910
visible left to right seniors John Barrett,Joseph Bonarrigo, Edward Galvin, Robert McLaughlin,RobertMacdonald, James Sullivan- Macdonald lived nearby in Dedham, but the rest lived in West Roxbury less than half a mile from Barrett family corner Emmonsdale and Rustic Roads.- I also have been reading a 1975 biography of the "great lexicographer" Samuel Johnson 1709-1984 by recently deceased Harvard English professor W. Jackson "Jack" Bate , whom I knew slightly years ago.Johnson's early education emphasized Latin very heavily as was then the custom in England. He was a remarkable translator. In the book I ran across the phrase from Horace PRAEMONITUM est PRAEMUNITUM - "forewarned is forewarmed." MONEO, MONERE, MONUI MONITUS is second declension with long E as stem vowel. MUNIO, MUNIRE. MUNIVI, MUNITUS is fourth conjugation with stem vowel I. Figure out from which of these are derived 'admonition' and 'munitions'. PRAE- is one of the prefixes that takes the dative case in the object. Basic meanings of MONEO and MUNIO are 'warn' and 'arm.' --Horace Odes 1- 11 Tu ne quaesieris scire nefas quem mihi quem tibi finem di dederint. Leuconoe nec Babylonios temptaris numeros. Ut melius, quidquid erit,pati seu plaris hiemes seu tribuit Iuppiter ultimum.Quae nunc oppositis debilitat pumicibus mare Tyrrhenum.sapias vina liques et spatie brevi spem longam reseces.dum loquimur fugerit invida aetas.Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero. Carpe diem - Horace's most famous line "seize the day." Another famous line "Dum loquimur" = "even as we speak" - loquor, loqui is a deponent verb - conjugated in passive form - meaning to speak = root of words like 'eloquent" 'elocution' 'loquacious'
Subject: Roxbury Latin lunch room
Year: 1953