Latin alive and well in the cyber world

Latin, formerly known as the "dead language," seems to be alive and kicking in the digital age, according to a recent article in the Economist. Five words can often say more than ten English ones, notes David Butterfield, a Latinist at the University of Cambridge, making the language ideal for Twitter.

A number of sites are now posting or broadcasting regularly in Latin, including Radio Bremen, which has a weekly Latin broadcast, Latin Wikipedia, with 94,000 articles, and Schola, a Latin-only social-networking site created in 2008.