Saturday, November 17, 2007

Miss Information has a failure to communicate

The patron wants a book. This much is clear. She has a title in mind. This is also clear. What remains elusive is the actual name of the book.

The patron mumbles something. Miss Information plays “guess the title”.
Permablend? No.
Pine Intent? No.
Pumice Stone? No.
Puma Song? No.

Miss Information is always reluctant to ask patrons to write things down especially when the customer in question has an accent. It seems so white-oppressive-colonizer to her. But without being asked this woman took out a piece of paper and wrote something down.

Sadly, her handwriting was illegible. All Miss Information could make out was a “P” and a scrawl which doesn’t seem to contain the same number of letters as the spoken version of the title. Since about the only thing she could understand when the woman spoke was the “p”, this is amazingly unhelpful.

Miss Information squints and tries again.
Prune something? No.
Punk something? No.
Poem something? No.

The woman takes the piece of paper back. She writes the entire title this time. Her handwriting is still atrocious but Miss Information can decipher it.

The book the woman is looking for is called “Pronunciation”.


At 5:10 PM, Blogger Nina said...

I hope you were able to find something for her. Poor thing.

At 6:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:43 PM, Blogger kittenpie said...

I love those moments, except for the fact that it is hard to keep a straight face.

At 3:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Miss Information - Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful writing ability and great sense of timing. Here in Australia there is a new "comedy" series called "The Librarians". I was looking forward to it, as I am a former Library Assistant, and know how much humour there is in libraries every day. However, this series is SO unfunny. Sigh - I wish they had just contacted you to write the script....

At 7:37 PM, Anonymous MetaBlogga said...

Hahahaaa!! I wonder if she could pronounce "irony" ...


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