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24 July 2014 @ 09:32 pm
We have a lady where I work whose name isn't Nora but for the sake of anonymity I shall call her that. And in truth it could well be her name, because she is the worst speller ever, to the point where we often have to ring her to ask her what she was trying to say in her file notes. Recently she's taken to drawing up her notes in Word and running spell checker over them before pasting them into the loan submission, and it's resulted in some hilarious Nora-isms. Like the following:
1. "She has a really strong accident" . (Oh dear, I do hope no-one was hurt).
2. "He is a maniacal engineer". (mad as a two-bob watch but boy can he design bridges!)
3. "He is a signal at home with his father". (and when he's downtown he's a guardrail)
4. "She understands that the funds are to be kept in truant". (they'll never graduate if they keep that up)

It's not only Nora who gives us a giggle though. Valuers are often unwittingly funny; I had one valuation today where the valuer, describing the locality of the subject property, listed the cemetery as a local feature. Maybe it's popular with teenagers on nights when the moon is full.
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byslantedlight: BD car smiles (crimson37)byslantedlight on July 24th, 2014 11:53 am (UTC)
Okay, that made me laugh out loud - thank you! I rather like your Nora... *g*

And I would totally count a nearby cemetery as a feature! I was once desperate for a room in the halls of residence that faced over the footpath that was lined with old gravestones... *g* (I got it too, cos the other person didn't want that room for the same reason - bizarre! *g*)
miwahni: Pros Private madnessmiwahni on July 24th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
To be honest I wouldn't mind overlooking a cemetery; it would be very peaceful, especially an old one (do you know Coburg? Not sure if it's an old cemetery or not) but it just sounded funny in the valuer's notes.
Merlin Pendragon: Keep calm and carry onmrlnpndrgn on July 24th, 2014 12:51 pm (UTC)
Twice in my life I had a cemetery as a neighbour. IMHO, you can't have better one : they never stay up late or play music at the top of their boomboxes.
Plus it makes for a beautiful yard :-)
The first time was when I was very young (before I started school) : it also made for a nice playground ;-/
miwahni: Sherlock Keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on July 24th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
You make some rather good points - I wouldn't mind being next to a cemetery. It just sounded weird, listing it as a feature of the suburb. Like hey, if you cark it, you won't have far to go!
Merlin Pendragon: Avatar hivernalmrlnpndrgn on July 24th, 2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Like hey, if you cark it, you won't have far to go!

Exactly. The second time was during my condo owning period : I had the hospital 5 minutes away, my financial institution was 2 minutes, as was the pharmacy, and the cemetery just behind the building (all those times are walking distances, by the way).

I was only missing the funeral parlor ;-/

miwahnimiwahni on July 25th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
... and I'm laughing more than I really should at that...
moonlightmead on July 25th, 2014 07:19 am (UTC)
Grin, I like the cemetery as a feature idea.

Awesome set of spell-check results. Reminds me of the time when I thought it would be funny to run spellcheck over Jabberwocky and see what it did. And then accidentally pressed the keys to 'accept all the Jabberwocky words into the spellchecker'. Ahem.

It was brilligbrilliant.

I still cannot work out what 2 and 3 from Nora are supposed to be...!
miwahnimiwahni on July 25th, 2014 03:44 pm (UTC)
LOL you'd have some interesting words in your spellchecker for sure!

# 2 is a mechanical engineer, while # 3 is "single, living at home with his father". Supposedly. *g*
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on July 30th, 2014 03:18 am (UTC)

I can actually understand a valuer listing the cemetery as many people like them. In general they're attractive, very quiet and you know that land isn't ever going to be built on. *g*
miwahni: Pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on July 31st, 2014 11:09 am (UTC)
Yes I'm starting to see the attraction, really. Like overlooking a park but without the weekend parties.