My name is Laura Sykes and I blog on the Anglican Communion and Church of England from the point of the view of the laity at Lay Anglicana .
Ratiocinativa is the Latin for a woman who likes argument and discussion. That’s me. At least, that is half a description of me aged 10 by an aunt whom I had been foisted on for a month. When taking me back, my mother asked if I had behaved myself.
‘Argumentative little blighter, isn’t she?’ was Aunt Jessamy’s forthright reply.
I have always rather relished this story, and if I can get the exact flavour in Latin am hoping to get it on my tombstone. (I don’t imagine ‘argumentative little blighter’ would be allowed in English, but ‘Puellula Ratiocinativa’ means an argumentative little girl and is half-way there.) Any help offered from classical scholars for a Latin phrase which conveys the nuances of affectionate irritation will be gratefully received.
Scope of this blog
Well, after some wrestling with other titles already chosen, I’ve got the catchy title. But this blog is not all about me, you may be relieved to hear.
In 1965 I started a commonplace book, in which I wrote down poems and snatches of quotation that I liked. One book grew into four or five, and now they are falling apart (as am I!). Before we are all consigned to the dustbin of history, I am transferring these into cyberspace. And I will continue to add quotable quotes that strike me.
I hope you enjoy this miscellany.