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11 March 2005 @ 11:06 am
Hey, kids! You know what is absolutely not fun? Waking up to a blistering headache and cramps! If only I had the gout, I'd feel crappy from head to toe.

But enough with the moaning. I now present - for your amusement and/or horror - a phone conversation I had with a customer yesterday:

Customer: Do you have the 'Have No Fear' Shakespeare books?

Me: The 'No Fear' Shakespeare series (published by SparkNotes)? Yes, we carry them.

Customer: The ones where they're put into English?

Me: (internal editor was working furiously, here) Actually, it already is in English. But this series does have a modern prose translation alongside the original text.

Customer: Yeah. Um, do you have one for - I think it's Up... Apello?

Me: (internal editor has thrown up hands and gone outside for a cigarette) We should have a copy of the No Fear for Othello. Hold on while I run upstairs to check.

How can you reach your teenage years (and she may well have been older) without knowing Othello? At least, as Don mentioned, the Milton Bradley game?

Good gracious!
I feel: soreall manner of pained
Nim: sunnimue9 on March 11th, 2005 09:09 am (UTC)
I love that game! I mean.... ;0) That is truly frightening, though, and I congratulate your inner editor for merely going on a cigarette break and not hanging herself. Yeesh.
Sarah: Shut upkachi113 on March 11th, 2005 09:41 am (UTC)
...People my age scare me. A lot.

It's quite sad, really. I have to translate near everything my friend Greg says into stupid 'teenager' for the girls that sit at our Art table...>.
Scoutcretey on March 11th, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
I think the teachers at my school would, like, combust if they heard that.

At least it's amusing. Maybe I should go write a parody called Apello.
the_wild_bunny on March 11th, 2005 02:00 pm (UTC)
:-( Feel better!!

And I think some people are just idiots. That would be the only explanation.
Mairearanturas on March 11th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
At least the customer didn't think "Have No Fear" was the name of the play! Scary to think that Shakespeare has to be "translated" into English; must be awful, no longer poetry at all.(sigh)
As an aside, if you haven't already, read "Eats, Shoots and Leaves" and get your magic marker ready. :-)
yami_shadows on March 11th, 2005 06:49 pm (UTC)
*hugs and hopes you feel better*

It is frightening. I once heard a student at my school say that Shakespeare was born in the 1800s. >_< Admittedly, I don't like Shakespeare, but I HAVE read a lot of his work and I DO know about the time period he lived in.
Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on March 12th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
Non-Shakespearean but similar anecdote here.

Once I was living with a guy who was asking me about a certain spice. All he could remember was that it began with an A. Anise? No. Etc.

Eventually I broke down laughing as I realized he was talking about oregano.