I'm stuck in a Go To Q3 cycle!
Ha ha! Whoops - spot the c'n'p!
I'm being a bit pedantic. I knew it because it was on the bbc website this morning. So technically, yes, I did know it without having heard it on the radio. Ahem.
Any chance of a link? I'm dying to know what the BBC thinks, and I can't look at poll responses on this computer.
Ah, no, hang on, found it!
I'm not sure I agree with the answer they give - I think it's from both Jesus and Moses. The word 'measure' is taken from the bit they suggest, but the syntax must surely be an echo of 'an eye for an eye', which is attributed to Moses.
I said no, but when I heard it on the radio it did sound familiar enough that I probably had known it at one stage.
To be honest, the chap who mentioned paradise lost was putting it mildly, you should have seen my third year degree class doing absalom and achitophel, we stared aghast at the chairman of the school and said 'you do know most of us went to kev school, don't you?' I stated in my first week of an eng lit degree that we should have had a foundation year in classics, philosophy, history, economics and re. My eton educated mate laughs at his wife who went to my school because despite three years of geography she doesn't know where anything is, I did all that at prep school, in state school it was all glaciers.
At my university, the only specifically required course was a two-term (we had three terms) foundation course in classics, philosophy, history, religion, and art and architecture. It was called Western Intellectual Traditions.
I'm wishing the initials of those subjects spelt "sarcasm".
i assume this is similar to the andrew motion piece in the guardian today saying "d00ds, if u don't get tha bibble, you kno 0!!!!oneeleven"
I have answered the poll as it was written.
That is, I was listening to the Today programme at about 8.30 this morning, and I knew that (that is, that I was listening to the Today programme and that it was around 8:30), without having heard it on the radio explicitly.
Edited at 2009-02-17 04:47 pm (UTC)
I have cheated. I answered Yes to question 1, AND answered question 2. As I know I was listening to someone blathering on about not knowing classics, but not really paying attention as I was rushing to get out the door at that point. So still didn't know until the follow up post.
Thank you, as ever, for your valuable contribution.
See, I have that Bible chunk memorised, because I sometimes yell it at evangelists (along with "do not be like the Pharisees who pray on street corners"), but I still didn't make the link. Maybe Shakespeare should've paraphrased it better :p