Maajo mo-Latin!

In 3rd year high school, we had mastered the extremely complex declensions--like rosa, rosae, rosae, rosam, rosa, rosa … et al. Complex para namo ba. We seemed to be pretty good at it--or so thought the higher years.

In reality, we were only better at playing with our names. We would, for example, interchange the last letter of a person’s name with the last letter of his family name.

It was fun choosing a seminarian’s name and converting it using this formula, until VicTag came along. When he approached our group, somebody said to him, “Vicenro Tagate . . . ”

He frowned and thought it was a Latin question. He felt slighted, “Salig mo, bay, kay maa-jo mo mo-Latin.”