May 7, 2006

God bless the dork...

Overheard on State Street today:
I said I would never go back to high school. But... I'm a dork. Every time, after Latin class, I'm so happy. And I just think, I want to feel like that all the time. I want to teach high school Latin.

14 comments:

John Jenkins said...

Future law professor there...

Dave said...

The only Latin I remember is "tua mater caligas gerit."

Which may be misspelled in which case it's gibberish.

HaloJonesFan said...

I dunno. David Drake is pretty far into Latin, and I don't think anyone would call him a dork. This is the author of Northworld, for god's sake.

Jennifer said...

That's cute. When I read one of these posts, I always think it would be such a trip if the subject happened to be a reader of your blog. Like Mr. Fruity Sweater or the Stinking White Bitch man or even the Bush vs. Everything on Earth table folk.

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Ann Althouse said...

Halo: I think SciFi is considered dorky.

Jennifer: I'd like to think some high school kid in the future is reading this and wondering if the person I'm talking about is the teacher he has now, maybe some new, struggling teacher that he didn't respect before and now he suddenly feels the love.

Balfegor said...

lorem ipsum dolor sit amet!

hah.

My favourite (real) saying, though, is forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. Or something to that effect. We ought to teach high school students Latin again, require valedictorian perorations in Latin, etc. Sprinkle Senate speeches with bits of Greek learning. Revive the old rhetorical tradition.

Or so I think until I remember that we have an awful lot of trouble teaching our children arithmetic and standard English. Ah well.

dave said...

in girum imus nocte et consumimur igni

Bruce Hayden said...

You can be a dork and still end up going to law school. I was in chess club in HS, and was president of the Latin Club. Also, was in marching band (French horn) so I wouldn't have to take PE. I did ski race through HS and college, so wasn't a total loser, but close.

The good part of having had 4 years of Latin in HS and another couple in college was that Latin phrases in law school were fairly easy to learn, esp. as many were self-evident. The bad part of it is that I still try to use a Latin plural much too often even after 35 years since my last Latin class. (For example, the plural of virus is viruses, not viri).

Ann Althouse said...

Bruce: "You can be a dork and still end up going to law school."

Was anyone taking the opposite side of that debate? Would anyone?

SWBarns said...

The real dorks are the engineers who went to law school.

"No one's really gonna be free until nerd persecution ends."
--Gilbert "Revenge of the Nerds"

bearing said...

Was the speaker male or female?

I find that I have a different opinion of him/her depending on how I imagine it. Wonder why?

Sean E said...

"Halo: I think SciFi is considered dorky."

Heh. Defending someone from charges of dorkitude on the basis they wrte sci-fi. "But he can't be a virgin. He was PRESIDENT of chess club!"

Osvaldo said...

"You can be a dork and still end up going to law school."

You think?