Herrera 2005, Herrera 2008 (Times OF MALTA* revisited)

Owning a blog can turn you into some kind of obsessive reader of news. Admittedly this particular stage of blogging is rather laissez-fairistic especially when blogging falls down in the list of priorities. Some people would tell you that you got yourself a life, others that plumbing and house-keeping have got the better of you… I just think it’s a post-estival phase of extended numbness to news.

Anyways. The blog tic remains in you, possibly hibernating and is triggered by weird things. Like reading an opinion article in the Times (of Malta) such as José Herrera’s today and getting that immense feeling of déja vu. Thank God for the J’accuse archives and a rare attack of pachydermic memory that was confirmed by a quick search through J’accuse.

Here is how José started his article (Belonging to the people) in the Times (of Malta) today:

The term republic derives from two Latin words, that is, res pubblica, which means “of the people” and this as opposed to the term monarchy, whereby, figuratively speaking, the state belongs to the sovereign. This system of government probably originated during the Roman Classical Period when the citizens dismissed the last of their tyrannical kings and established what was perhaps the first republic and this about 500 BC.

and here is how the Honourable Member of Parliament started an article called “Reverence for the Republic” back in July 2005 (the 21st to be precise):

The term republic derives from two Latin words, that is, res pubblica, which means “of the people” and this as opposed to the term monarchy, whereby, figuratively speaking, the state belongs to the sovereign. This system of government probably originated during the Roman Classical period when the citizens dismissed the last of their tyrannically kings and established what was perhaps the first republic and this around 500 BC.

How did I remember? Well I had blogged about the first article in a post entitled Latin for the Masses on the same day the first article appeared. What triggered off my post was a pain in the arse kind of reaction to seeing the word “publica” spelt with two “b’s”. Hence the trigger was reactivated today. Then it all came back… literally. I cannot be bothered to subsidise the Times (of Malta) and dig into its archives for the full version of the July 21st article  but I have a nagging feeling that there would be more of the same.

Now now, those editors at the Times (of Malta) should be a tad bit more careful shouldn’t they?

* “of Malta” – added later throughout… this has been J’accuse being a pain in the majistral so he won’t have to.

5 responses to “Herrera 2005, Herrera 2008 (Times OF MALTA* revisited)

  1. Guzeppi Grech

    Brilliant catch, Jacques.

    Well at least it’s not a full-blown SSA (which total plagiarism would have qualified him for). After all copying yourself might reveal a streak of laziness but plagiarism it ain’t.

    What do you mean you don’t know what “doing an SSA” is? Ahhh… you do know🙂

  2. Kbir int…j’accuse…catching wankellectuals so you don’t have to….

  3. that is just a repeat a la BBC🙂

  4. Could this be another ‘lapsus’?
    J’accuse…..being a pain in the arse so you don’t have to….:)

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