Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Silent G

Patron: Can you help me? I’m looking for information on how to build a trench.

Me: A what? A trench?

Patron: Yeah.

Me: I don’t know if we’ll have books on trenches, but we might have some information in landscaping books. Let me see what I can find.

I type into the search “dig” and “trench” and hit Search.

She leaned over the desk to see what my results were.

Patron: OOOH, you searched by “dig” and I searched “build”, that’s probably why I couldn’t find anything.

Me: You’re talking about a trench you dig, right?

Patron: Yeah, I didn’t realize I needed to include “dig.”

Me: Well, I don’t know if we do, but I don’t want to get books that discuss trench warfare or other things. I want to know how to make one, and that involves digging, right?

Patron: Yeah.

Me: Okay, well, nothing is coming up with my search, so this is going to take some more work. We’ll have to look at the landscape books and find trenches in them.

Patron: Wait, how did you spell trench?

Me: Uh, T-R-E-N-C-H.

Patron: There’s no G in trench?

Me: Uh, nope. Not that I’ve ever seen.

Patron: Oooooooooh, I was spelling it wrong! I spelled it with a G, like length.

Me: Ah, well, our software isn’t user friendly enough to suggest spelling—

Patron: Never mind. I can find it on my own now.

Me: Are you sure?

Patron: Yes. Thanks.

It appears no libraries have anything on “building a trengch”. Surprise.


Leelu said...

Better question: what is a trengch? I think we need to discover that, first.

It sounds like a French loan word "three strangers." How does one build strangers?

Quick, look for Frankenstein and How to Lose Friends and Alienate People!

Kate P said...

Another Hooked on Phonics success story.

Megan said...

I hope he was just a Monty Python fan with a joke that totally soured - "Oh, it's spelled 'dig,' but it's pronounced 'trench.'"