libraryninja (libraryninja) wrote in library_mofo,

Why Spell Check is your Friend.

A female undergrad walks up to the desk for help.

"Hi, I'm looking for anal tourism research."  She says.

I could not have heard her correctly.

"Um, what?"  I reply.

"I'm looking for anal tourism research."

Like Thailand and Vegas? "I think there is a typo."  I counter.

"No, my professor was very specific about anal."

I don't ask if there was an oral exam. "We can take a look, but I don't think that's right."

"Please?  Anal research is important, I need it bad."

I start searching in the catalogue, typing in ‘annal’ to end this.

"It's anal, A-N-A-L.  Anal was at the top of the list of the things he wanted."

I bet it was.  "We don't have it under that listing."

"Well, how can I get Anal Tourism Research?"

Some Barry White, some K-Y, some minor discomfort.

"How about we try some variant spellings?"

"But I want anal."

"Please trust me on this."  I don't want my boss to walk over while she shouts "I want anal!" again.

"Here we go, Annals of Tourism Research."
"But, anal..."

"Is something very different."

I could see the dawning in her eyes as she made the connection.

"I, anal, oh my god."

"Is there anything else I can help you with?"


Even when coeds are begging for me to give them anal, I'm still a professional.


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