The Latin alphabet is derived from the Etruscan and Greek alphabetsand ultimately from the Phoenician alphabet. Latin was originally spoken in the area surrounding Romeknown as Latium. LatinGreekand French have contributed many words to the English language. In particular, Latin and Ancient As latins used to say roots are used in English descriptions of theologybiologyscience, medicineand law. Vulgar Latin was the colloquial form spoken during the same time and attested in inscriptions and the works of comic playwrights like Plautus and Terence.