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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Do moths whistle?

Bronwyn spent yesterday at Umpty Library, catching up with the stock-editing that the librarians should have done. Again. My innocent "how did it go yesterday" prompted a tirade of Anglo-Saxon splenetics including a couple of words I hardly ever use, even when provoked.

Wendy, one of the Reference Librarians, has got right up Bronwyn's nose.

"I wish I could get paid for pissing around the library doing sod all except walk around with a biro in my hand and being so fucking patronising, so very, very fucking patronising."

Was one of the gentler passages.

"How the library assistants don't kill her I do not know."

I learn later that, amongst other things, as fast as Bronwyn was taking tatty cookery books out of lending stock Wendy was trying to accession them into reference library stock.

9 comments:

Pearl said...

I have so many questions, but let's get to the one that confuses me the most.

Biro?

Definition, please.

Oh, and I chuckled -- chuckled! -- at the words "Anglo-Saxon splenetics". That was beautiful.

Pearl

Madame DeFarge said...

Would it be better if she walked around with a fountain pen? It works for me, capturing an air of superior insouciance.

Kevin Musgrove said...

Pearl: biro = ballpoint pen

never be afraid to ask! (-:

Madame DF: I'm astonished that Umpty's reference library isn't still working with clay tablets and styluses.

PI said...

'prompted a tirade of Anglo-Saxon splenetics including a couple of words I hardly ever use, even when provoked.'

I wonder if they are the same as mine?

Gadjo Dilo said...

I never knew that "accession" could be a verb - just goes to show the advantages of working in a library!

László Bíró, 1899-1985, Hungarian-Argentinian inventor of the ballpoint pen. (Though the idea was, of course, stolen from a Romanian design, but unfortunately that could only use the blood of the undead and the nib quickly became clogged up).

Macy said...

OMG for YEARS I've been claiming that I can indeedy name 7 famous Belgians. One of these has included Alfred Biro the inventor of the Biro pen.
Dang, were Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Sax Hungarian too?

Affer said...

Re tatty cookery books: exactly how many books on cooking potatoes can there be?

:: Wendy :: said...

I'd be thrilled to remove some motes (demote) from the stock at Umpty's library with the of my quill pen. Is it possible to book temporary Wendy exchanges?

Kevin Musgrove said...

Pat: mine are the c and tw words, the latter of which comes as a shock to southerners!

Gadjo: it's one of our few 'doing' words.

Macy: I happen to know that the entire Treorchy Male Voice Choir actually came from a small hamlet in deepest darkest Wallonia.

Affer: sad git that I am, I checked. We've got 13 and Worldcat.org has 72.

Wendy: I like you too much to even countenance it!