Currently reading, and enjoying, Colm Toibin’s The Master, about Henry James (that fussy old queen!) when I came across amanuensis:\uh-man-yoo-EN-sis\, noun:
A person employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
Boss: Take a memo, Miss Keller. [Dictates lengthy letter] Now read that last sentence back to me.
HK: Uhkmphf aw mehhh.
Granted, it loses something in the bloglation, but it’s hi-larious when you’ve downed a bottle of Jack Daniels.