Talking of which...

21st November 2003 at 00:00
We are grateful to the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers for its latest puzzler sent to members and their staffrooms.

Spelling out its pay policy, the union states: "The three-year agreement reached in the McCrone negotiations is currently the high-water mark of these Desideranda".

Desideranda? Some scholars believe this is inaccurate, others say not - but it is certainly an academic challenge.

And we thought that Tino Ferri, the great Latin scholar, had moved on.

Learned officials obviously remain.

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