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Latin, Greek and French have contributed many words to the English language. In particular, Latin (and Ancient Greek) roots are used in English descriptions of theology, biology, science, medicine and law.

Not clear why Greek is being mentioned here, particularly.

Latin is taught in primary, secondary and postsecondary educational institutions around the world.[6][7]

In how many primary schools is Latin taught? Does this give a misleading impression? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:09, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

The first statement requires a reliable source since the evolution of the English language is a complex topic. Whether the influence of (some,most,many?) "Latin" words could more properly be attributed to the (French) Norman Conquest is something that strikes me immediately, though I am no expert on the matter. The second statement is sourced with only two examples. Two schools (both in the USA, incidentally), out of how many??? Removed. Maybe it could be replaced with a proper historical "has been taught", and I can certainly think of examples of it being taught elsewhere, but this seems more the exception than the rule nowadays and, as such, I am not sure if it goes in the lead. (talk) 03:24, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

Official language of Catholic Church[edit]

Ecclesiastical Latin remains the official language of [...] the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

This gives the impression that Roman Catholic masses are still held in Latin. They aren't. The Roman Catholic church switched to vernacular after the second Vatican council (1965). -- Ligneus (talk) 12:10, 8 March 2020 (UTC)

The fact that masses are held in local vernacular languages doesn't necessarily reflect on Latin's official status within the Church. I understand that it is the official language of the Vatican, and that would make sense, in allowing a common language without giving precedence to one of the local languages. Dhtwiki (talk) 21:08, 8 March 2020 (UTC)
Also some Catholic church's still use the Latin language including Vatican and likely other ones especially in areas where several Latin related languages are spoken 🌸 1.Ayana 🌸 (talk) 10:48, 29 August 2020 (UTC)


The history section is a little disappointing. I was hoping for the Sanskrit origins, traces in Anatolia, etc. Can some expert expand this section, please? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:8003:336F:DF00:C5F2:414:4D07:24B2 (talk) 09:14, 7 July 2020 (UTC)