Tuesday, April 24, 2007

And she wonders why I wear headphones

Questions my office mate has asked me this morning:

(1) Is there a smarter-sounding word for that thing that angels do?

(2) How do you spell "retard"?

(3) What colour is "parchment"?

Now for extra special bonus points, redeemable for absolutely nothing at all, match each of the above questions with the correct reason why she needed to know.

(a) In order to make sense of her horoscope for today.

(b) For her dissertation.

(c) Because she was writing an email to a friend describing people in our department.


Twirly said...

what is the non-smarter sounding word for what angels do?

betty said...

let's see...

2 was for c) - i know because i now work with a bunch of them, too (yes, i know it's not nice).

3 was probably for a) - everybody knows that when the moon is in caner you should avoid touching anything the color of parchment. duh.

that can only leave 1 with b) which means she's writing about angels and whatever it is they do? (i'm with twirly - what is the not smart word for what they do?)

betty said...

um - by 'caner' i mean cancer. everyone knew that, right?

Arbitrista said...

You should ask them a question of your own: what does one do to people who ask inane questions? :)

StyleyGeek said...

Apparently the non-smarter word is "sing". It took a while to get that out of her.

And betty wins the non-existent prize. (Supposedly her horoscope told her to wear parchment-coloured clothes today).

shrinkykitten said...

I thought the answer to 1 was "cherubate."

And I totally was hoping retard was for the dissertation.

wolfa said...

Angels sing?

StyleyGeek said...

No, Wolfa, apparently they cherubate :)

That is the awesomest word ever. When she gets back from lunch I'm going to make her put it in.

Actually the angel thing was just a translation of an example from the language she is working on. So she probably can't use 'cherubate'. But I'm going to find a way to work it into conversation from now on, because I think it's a word that deserves wider use.

Anonymous said...

Cherubate? Cherubate? *snort*

I assume you took the high road and skipped the obvious response re:spelling of retard.

sheepish said...

Btw, I'm so totally anonymous.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I was on the same track with shrinky, thinking that "retard" was the word she was using in her dissertation.

And -- problems with spelling aside -- I think that I'm the same person as your officemate. Seriously, I'm so distractable. And am so distracting. And random.

Psycgirl said...

I was hoping that thing angels do was for her dissertation.

StyleyGeek said...

Sheepish, I did think it was nicely ironic.

Q of WP, distractable and random is fine. Repeatedly disturbing someone with headphones on who is clearly trying to work (those three questions all came within the same 1-hour period), is not so fine. And I'm sure you wouldn't do that :)

Psycgirl, it was. Just in the context of a translation, rather than in running text.