Word of the Day: Amanuensis

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.

Oddly, when my sister was visiting recently, we had an inside (and decidely un-PC) joke about Helen Keller working as a gal friday in one of those old screwball comedies.

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.

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One Response to Word of the Day: Amanuensis

  1. Why did I do such a thing?! … Oh. That’s right. I drank a bottle of vodka.
    Such consumption easily excuses Helter Kelter jokes.

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