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The Trickle - Overheard

October 22, 2009 - Brian Ferry

The things you can hear in the newsroom

There's a Web site, something like, where you can go to get a sampling of funny things people say in newsrooms. It's probably much the same as any office setting, but there are people in newsrooms who are used to writing down the things they hear. You could go to that Web site, or you could just read mine. Mine are more convenient (you're already here) and they're local. And, these are edited for appropriateness. You might not want to send your 8-year-old to overheardinthenewsroom.

"... pictures of black nothing." (the kinds of photos you generally get with a point-and-shoot at an emergency at night)

At strange noises (caused by the operator) from the computer. "It's not me, it's the computer." Then, when the phone rings... "That's not my ring."

"It's not you, it's your phone." (A helpful colleague responding to the above.)

"All I know is I know that you don't know, you know?"

"It was what it was." ...

"That's a good description of Brian Ferry - creepy, but good."

"My sister's gonna kill me! But I'll get over it."

"I'm just that good, I don't have to worry." (It wasn't me, I swear.)

"I think it would be convenient to have tourettes."

"I'll knock your lips off, that way you won't be able to whistle." (I had been whistling the Pennsylvania Polka.)

"I would love to see you do that." (Another colleague responding to prior comment. Apparently there were multiple people in the newsroom who do not like the Pennsylvania Polka.)

"Can I have guidance please?" (This was actually a legitimate request, but sounded like a plea for help.)

"You're welcome." (After reading my horoscope - Your very being is a gift to others.)

"I was quiet for a while so he could reflect on his own ignorance."


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