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This simile appeared in an op-ed piece about the study of Latin:

 

"I think of translating concise, precise Latin into more expansive, discursive English as like opening up a concertina; you are allowed to inject all sorts of original thought and interpretation.

 

As much as opening the concertina enlarges your imagination, squeezing it shut — translating English into Latin — sharpens your prose."

 

Here's the link for the entire essay:

 

 

Jeff Myers

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