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Tonight I am thankful for Nick Bottom, the weaver-turned-actor from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
When every other joke or bit of amusement is flying over the heads of my fifth grader students, I can always rely on Nick Bottom’s amusing last name to garner a laugh and justify my claim that this play is a comedy.

Every time I say his name, regardless of how many times I’ve said it already, someone in the class snickers.

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Which is shocking considering the teacher reading to them is named Mr. Dicks.

You’d think my students would become immune to amusing last names, but I guess this is Shakespeare. He’s a master.

Even when it comes to silly names.