An Enemy Of Your Gut

| Towson, MD, USA | Learning | August 29, 2016

(It’s freshman Latin. As we learn new vocabulary words, our teacher, a priest, likes to give examples of English words that come from Latin roots. A few include “agriculture” from “agricola,” meaning farmer; “nautical” from “nauta,” meaning sailor; and “patriotic” from “patria,” meaning country. Today, the teacher is talking about “hostis,” meaning enemy, from which come words like “hostile.” A student asks:)

Student: “Father, do Twinkies come from ‘hostis’?”

(The teacher joined us in considerable laughter.)

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