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Typos, and The Hunter
rosin_dubh wrote in metaquotes
In which an innocent request by the_hunter...

"I've been rather taken up with a hobby these last few days...I'm trying to improve, extend and expand my photography skills...
So, over the last week I have been admiring from a distance the hand-carved Swiss cuckoo clock that my boss's boss's boss has sat on his desk.

It is truly a thing of beauty...hand carved characters, maiinly mice, articulated and automated, they dance, carry out different jobs, move in random fashions, while a whole carrilon of bells plays tunes, and the obligatory cuckoo jumps out and announces the hour. It may sound tacky, but in fact it is both tasteful, stylish and incredibly well executed, and hand painted and gilded it is genuinely an object to be admired.

So, today I emailed Geoff to ask if I could, over my dinner hour perhaps, set up my camera and get some decent pictures of it...


Just as I pressed *send* my eye caught this sentence...

*I have long admired your magnificent cock, and would dearly love to get some photographs of it, at your convenience*

Your *cock*

Please God, make that didn't happen!!!


Just sent a further email...

*Dear Geoff, please find enclosed the letter l. If you look at my last email you may find a place where that letter belongs, which may cast an entirely different light on our implied social dynamic. Best wishes etc....*

Oh Gods..."

Quoted in its entirety and enjoying the comments mightily. (flocked, qwp)

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I sympathize deeply with the_hunter.

From 1999 - 2003, I worked for the IT department of my (large) university, running computer labs (and later, managing the students who ran them).

We kept fairly detailed logbooks, and starting in 2000 we went to online logbooks instead of paper ones. They were kind of like message boards, and all 200+ student employees read them regularly, as well as all of the "grown-up" university employees who worked for IT in some related capacity.

One fine winter's day my sophomore year, I wrote in the logbook of the busiest lab that "User got his floppy dick stuck and nothing I did could get it loose. Called hardware support."

I didn't realize I'd typoed on DISK until it was a half-hour too late. *facepalm*

*snort* I did that verbally once, while showing a male coworker the Apple IIe computers we kept in the learning lab as a sort of ancient fallback.

"Oh yes, here are the Macs here, and the two Apples in case we need them. And we keep the floppy dicks in this cabinet..."

There was much facepalming and pretending I didn't say that, no siree, let's move on now...

Reposted in the right place. *sigh*

If the problem had to do with a "floppy dick", shouldn't you have called software support?

. . . yeah, I went there. ;-P

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