In today’s online column by Pat Buchanan there is an ironic Latin error.
Why did the Ayatollah let the American hostages go, as Reagan raised his right hand to take the oath of office? Why did Syria not rush to the rescue of Hezbollah? What did Ahmadinejad not rocket Tel Aviv in solidarity with his embattled allies in Lebanon? Res ipse loquitor. The thing speaks for itself. They don’t want war with Israel, and they don’t want war with the United States.
Anyone can nod, even Homer. But really!
The phrase is res ipsa loquitur.
It is ironic that this phrase, from a juridical context, indicates a mistake or an accident that is so obvious that it requires no other demonstration other than to point at it and let it speak for itself.
We need more Latin in our lives, I think.