Tardy? Is that better than Late?

I guess we are all going to be tardy today…Krista was, after all, tardy in getting the daily prompt out to us. It follows (get it? follows?…yes, hush Suze!) that all the posts would be tardy too.

Why does tardy sound better to us than late? Is it because we were never late to school, but tardy that it sounds better now/

I remember being late to work by a good half hour once and the boss yelled “Suze, you are LATE” and I replied, “no, I am tardy” like it was something better. It was the same half hour after all.

I was fast with that response too…you’d think the boss would have been happy that my mind wasn’t slow as well as my body….but it annoyed her for some reason.

I didn’t like that job anyway.

I remember being tardy to school once…I am pretty sure it was the fifth grade……and I didn’t have a written excuse from my parents. So, rushing into the classroom right as the bell rang I thought I’d be okay.  The teacher made me go to the principals office to “get a tardy note”…well, that seemed stupid to me so I said so. Why did I have to be later than I actually was just to get a note?

I found myself sitting and waiting for over an hour on the principal to get a “tardy note” showing I was late….

I remember arguing with the principal at that point…I just HAD to tell her how incredibly stupid it was to be an HOUR late by sitting here when I was a MINUTE late getting to class, and how could she possibly justify my being an hour late now as it was all HER fault?

Then I found myself waiting in the office for my parents to arrive to explain why I had “talked back” to both my teacher and the principal.

By the time I finally made it to class it was the middle of the day and everyone was eating lunch.

And I was late getting back to the class………………again.

Let’s face it…being tardy just plain stinks! It makes you late for everything!

17 thoughts on “Tardy? Is that better than Late?

  1. I waited before considering posting for today’s prompt, because my first idea was actually to rant about the fact that Krista’s post was actually 2h tardy! And then I thought “Wait Suze is probably going to complain about her too 😛 LOL And I was right 🙂 🙂 🙂 xx

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    1. wow….you know me so well! roflmao

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      1. I think Krista might have posted late just to provoke you!! 🙂

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      2. yes, I am convinced she does this stuff on purpose! lol

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  2. Tardy it sounds distinguished. It’s less negative than late. It’s all about the connotation of the word in the sentence. Both mean the same and can lead to some harsh even ridiculous circumstances. I don’t like being late but who does. I agree with you about the principal. The idea of one minute turning into several hours is just a poor use of time and man power. Oh well loved the post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. thanks so much for reading my nonsense!

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  3. It not nonsense. It just deep thoughts and I found it quite funny.😊🤔

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  4. Hmmm I differ with you here. I don’t like the word tardy. It sounds like a bad or dirty word to me. I’d rather be late, or as they say – fashionably late. haha!

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    1. Fashionably late. I have always like that term too. 😊

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    2. sounds like farty…..lol

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  5. Like you, I love words. In the dictionary, a definition for tardy is “slow to act”, i.e., “I am not late, I am merely slow to act.” In other words I don’t react hastily….and that’s a good thing. So you see, Suze, we should have told our teachers to pull their tardy brains out of their butts and…….oh, help me here, I’m slowing down….but at least my teacher didn’t call me a retard, that would have been a tardily construed construction.

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  6. Funny take, Suze, on the word. Loved the story about the principal. I’d have probably reacted exactly as you did!

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    1. i hated that principal……..poor mrs. auerbach……….

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  7. Tardy is about mid-way on the lateness register. It’s not really late, just a little on the slow side; but hang about any longer, if you’re too tardy, then you’ll end up being late. As for school, I was on time once and the teacher asked whether anything was wrong: “What’s the matter?” he enquired, “Couldn’t you sleep?”

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  8. I hate the word “tardy”. First of all, late it late. Not being on time is late. Tardy is no excuse. In fact, to me it sounds like an alien word mixture of “late due to laziness”/ “Shit it, I just got out of bed.”
    Your school experience was pretty funny. It illustrates how so many systems in place are broken…

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