Our New Family Motto?

February 13, 2014 @ 7:20 am | Filed under:


From an Amazon review of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch’s 1919 lecture series, The Art of Reading:

Until fairly recently a girl’s school in the east of England had the school motto “Video, Audio, Disco.” No prizes for guessing why it was changed. But in Latin it is a reasonable aspiration for a school: I see, I hear, I learn.

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  1. Ellie says:


    Land’s sake, yes! Perfect.

  2. monica says:

    every school needs a little disco in it to be well rounded.

    **kid joke of the day**
    how do you get a kleenex to dance?

    Put a little boogie in it. šŸ™‚

  3. Amber says:

    Oh wow, that is great! When Latin meets the 70’s… And it makes me wonder, how did the name disco come to be associated with a type of music and dance (and decor too, I suppose!)

  4. Amanda says:

    Ha! And of course I had to read the review, and add another book to the wish list/TBR list! What a great review and sounds like an interesting book.

  5. Lindsay says:

    Showing my age, I guess. “Disco” was because the music wasn’t a live band, but was played on “discs,” ie. records, remember, those vinyl things that went round and round on your record player. Love the motto tho”

  6. mamacrow says:

    disco, as in the music, is from a french word – discotheque, which in it’s turn comes from the latin for discus – disk, and bibliotheca – library. A library of (music) discs! It’s what the nightclubs were called that played music (from records, or discs) to dance to, and the music started being called that too.

    Oh how I love Q! you’ve inspired me to pull The Art of Reading off the shelf again!

  7. Melissa Wiley says:

    Q is cracking me up. Have been reading a bit each morning and his dry humor is just my cuppa. Amanda, you can snap him up anytime! He’s in the public domain. The Art of Reading lectures are free on Kindle and can be read on other devices if you don’t have a Kindle. Of course, he’s the sort who is probably most satisfying on a good old paper book, but I’m Kindling him nonetheless.

  8. Amy says:

    Love it! Ha!