Latin: Dead or alive?

The announcement of the new Pope in Rome has led some journalists to ponder if Latin really is a dead language. The Guardian's Style Blog jumps into the discussion.

The blogger finds Latin alive and well in English pop culture:

For a supposedly dead language Latin exerts an enduring appeal. From films such as Tombstone (where Val Kilmer's Doc Holliday trades insults in Latin with Michael Biehn's Johnny Ringo, until halted by the marshal with: "Come on boys. We don't want any trouble in here. Not in any language") to Roxy Music's A Song For Europe. Or, a particularly fine example, Sabbatum: 12 Black Sabbath songs played on early instruments and sung in Latin by the Estonian group Rondellus.

Then there's the use of Latin for mottoes. On being knighted Christopher Frayling chose Perge scelus mihi diem perficias for his coat of arms, which Wikipedia translates as: "Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit." Or more colloquially: "Go ahead, punk, make my day." And that's before I mention the football clubs, from Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to Kilmarnock and Queens Park.