vreihen: Arhhhh........... Latin - what a fascinating language! I remember thinking as a young child sitting in a classroom and being bored-out-of-my-brain "why am I being taught this ancient, obsolete language when it can't possibly be of any use in this modern (then) 20th century". But it's amazing how many times Latin has been useful- mostly in explaining that even more arcane language that we call English!Origin of TRUCULENT
Latin truculentus, from truc-, trux savage; perhaps akin to Middle Irish trú doomed person
First Known Use: circa 1540
Up here, the elementary schools start in kindergarten and go from grades 1-6 in most towns. Grades 7-8 are called either middle school or junior high school. Grades 9-12 are high school. After that, secondary education is mostly called college, which differs from most of the rest of the world where they call it university and consider a college to be a trade school.PS: Whilst I expect that American children don't get taught Latin these days, was it ever taught up there in high school (not sure what you folk call schools that teach teenagers)?