You’ve probably heard about the time that Brutus, hungover after a long night of debauchery, had to sneak into the Senate, nearly XV minutes late. As it happened, Cicero had the floor & was in full oration.
“Psst (or the Latin equivalent),” Brutus, once settled in his seat, leaned forward, tapped Cassius on the shoulder & whispered. “What’s the topic?”
“Dunno,” Cassius whispered back. “He hasn’t come to the verb yet.”