“Sic semper tyrannis” means “Thus always to tyrants.”

The Latin is attributed to Brutus at the time of Julius Caesar’s assassination. It was made famous again when it was shouted by John Wilkes Booth when he leapt onto the stage with a broken leg after assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

It is the motto of Virginia.

How to use it

When a son-of-a-gun receives his just deserts, taking a swallow off your beer bottle and casually recite the Latin: Sic semper tyrannis.