Like Its Namesake

Editor: Did he use the word ‘genitalia’ at all?
Older editor: Or ‘goodies’?
20-something female reporter: It’s such a Latin-sounding word.
Older editor: I know, ‘goodies’ really is.
20-something female reporter: Genitalia. It’s such a beautiful word. It just rolls right off the tongue.

Newsroom, Main Street
Cortland, New York

Overheard by: Quietly Working at My Desk

9AM Back to Work

Co-worker: I mean, we don’t really work in an office. We don’t even have desks. Okay, I do have a desk but it’s not, like, mine. It’s just a desk I’m at every day that I keep all my shit at. But it doesn’t have my name on it. Or a chair.

1050 Caribbean Way
Miami, Florida

Overheard by: Word Power

I-W-I-S-H-I-C-O-U-L-D-F-I-R-E-Y-O-U

Boss: Hey, how do you spell ‘Japanese’? [Peon spells it.] Hmmm, do you think she was Japanese? How do you spell ‘Chinese’? [Peon spells it.] I don’t know if she was Chinese, though… Here’s what we’ll do — [begins typing letter] ‘The child speaks Asian…’ Wait, how do you spell ‘Asian’?

1000 West Central Road
Mount Prospect, Illinois

Overheard by: I work here?