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Had a conversation with a client referencing an individual named Colleen. Went to note it in the system. Fingers typed "Coreen" THREE TIMES before I got it right. (And yes, I had to slow down and think every. single. letter. in the first sentence of this post.) *facepalm* IR DORK.

In other news, there is a toddler's sippy-cup of milk in the breakroom fridge. My hypothesis is that someone brought it in to use for their coffee, but it still occasioned considerable blinking.

Yes, I'm that boring today. Move along...


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Feb. 21st, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
Had a conversation with a client referencing an individual named Colleen. to note it in the system. Fingers typed "Coreen"

As long as you don't have to talk to this individual, and call her "Coreen".

(So why do you think the TV people changed her surname from Fergus to Fennel, anyway? What's wrong with Fergus?)
Feb. 21st, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Beats me. Maybe they wanted something to go along with the goth aspect? Fennel is one of the herbs used in making absinthe. And I've never run across it as a name IRL, so it's struck me as odd all along.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
I haven't read the books, of course, but hearing that they changed it ... I would guess that they considered "Fergus" too Irish, too ordinary and too bold for their vision of the character.

A quick googling of "fennel" and "folklore" tosses up these associations (which are pretty much the associations I had for the word; I didn't know about the absinthe connection at all):
  • "As one of the ancient Saxon people's nine sacred herbs, fennel was credited with the power to cure what were then believed to be the nine causes of disease. Fennel was also valued as a magic herb."
  • "On account of its aromatic and carminative properties, Fennel fruit is chiefly used medicinally with purgatives to allay their tendency to griping and for this purpose forms one of the ingredients of the well-known compound Liquorice Powder."
  • "In mediaeval times, Fennel was employed, together with St. John's Wort and other herbs, as a preventative of witchcraft and other evil influences, being hung over doors on Midsummer's Eve to warn off evil spirits."
  • "Besides being popular in cooking, fennel has many uses in folklore and magick."
  • "In Greek mythology, knowledge came to man as a gift from the gods in the form of a fiery coal held in a fennel stalk."
  • "Similarly for fertility, fennel was thrown at newlyweds instead of rice. For protection, fennel was hung over the doorway on Midsummer Eve to keep away evil and the seeds put into keyholes to keep out ghosts."
  • "As an herb of Mercury, which works especially on the mind, fennel is said to [be] especially good for helping develop one's magickal skills."
  • "In Medieval times, fennel was considered a sacred herbs used to treat disease. Fennel was hung from the rafters to bring good luck..."
Feb. 22nd, 2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, and...
As long as you don't have to talk to this individual, and call her "Coreen".

This is when I'm glad most of my fannish discussion happens online instead of face-to-face. The muscle-memory "macro" wouldn't come into play there...
Feb. 21st, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
In a very Fruedian vein, I can't type 'into' without thinking hard about it. It always wants to come out "Ianto". :)
Feb. 21st, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
Ha! Sadly, I knew I'd been at this job too long when I kept typing ALQ (American Lawyers Quarterly) instead of ALW on the Phantom board...
Feb. 21st, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
I'm so grateful that I'm not the only one these things happen to...I can't type 'bridge' without wanting to add a final 'r' (thank you, seaQuest) or type the name 'Adams' without typing 'Adama' at least once, and translating 'dominus' or 'despote^s' immediately leads to 'the Master'...
Feb. 22nd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I've done the Adama one at least once too.
Feb. 22nd, 2008 05:01 am (UTC)
In my job, the jargon for "fine jewelry" is "FJ." Of course I always type "FK." The letters are side-by-side on the keyboard! There's no resisting! :-)
Feb. 22nd, 2008 12:50 pm (UTC)
I'm saved by a slash on that one; most of our standard abbreviations tend to have one. Which is a good thing, considering how often I type F/U for "follow-up"...
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