Sarcasm becomes you

23 Mar

I took a year of Latin in high school. I would have taken more, but there wasn’t enough demand. I was left only able to articulate simple ideas such as Canis est in via and Caecilius est mendax.

I was gifted, however, with a world of Latin phrases. Every Friday, Mr. Glaesner would teach us useful Latin phrases for all occasions.

Per ardua ad astra

Nemo me impune lacessit 

Semper ubi, sub ubi

Those of you who studied Latin will see the humor in that last one.

Since coming back from Winter Break, one of my students has started a class tradition. He received a sarcasm-a-day calendar and shares each day’s quote in the chat box. Even though some of the quotes are terrible, we all enjoy reading them and they lead us into some interesting discussion.

Well, imagine my surprise yesterday morning when I opened my school email to see a message from that student sharing yesterday’s quote of the day:

“ I don’t have the time nor the crayons to explain this to you.” 

I smiled and sent a non-sarcastic message back.

10 Responses to “Sarcasm becomes you”

  1. jumpofffindwings March 23, 2021 at 7:12 am #

    This is wonderful! I want that calendar. I bet this’d be great for inference, right? Kids do it all the time but don’t realize what they’re doing, how absolutely clever they are. Thanks for sharing. (And for the chuckle.) I took Latin for four years and remember a couple of great moments from the class, but not enough Latin!

    • Adrienne March 23, 2021 at 7:23 am #

      It’s truly amazing how much I have forgotten…. about so many things.

    • Adrienne March 23, 2021 at 8:11 am #

      I just got today’s quote: “ I want you to know that someone cares. Not me, but someone.”

      • Shaista March 23, 2021 at 2:04 pm #

        Such adorable cheekiness! I want that calendar too!

      • jumpofffindwings March 23, 2021 at 2:42 pm #

        Love this one, too!

  2. Book Dragon March 23, 2021 at 7:22 am #

    What a great student tradition- a way to build community virtually.

  3. arjeha March 23, 2021 at 8:38 am #

    What a great way to start the day. I had two years of Latin in high school and don’t remember a thing. I think that it is neat that a student initiated this.

  4. hzreflections March 23, 2021 at 2:00 pm #

    I love that! I think it is so cool how new traditions can come from online class when relationships are so hard to build. I love those quotes. Haha.

  5. Fran McCrackin March 23, 2021 at 3:30 pm #

    We value kindness, but sarcasm sure has a satisfaction all its own!
    (Though I note you sent a non-sarcastic response back. I agree, people in power (and teachers are) shouldn’t use sarcasm.

  6. Lisa Corbett March 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm #

    What a fun way to start the day! Sarcasm can be funny.

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