October 20, 2005

Overheard on the Phone at Work

Customer No-Service Manager: So, do you have a hurricane there?
Flibby: There is no hurricane in Atlanta at this time. It's way over near the Yucatan.
Customer No-Service Manager: Oh. So will you get any of it?
Flibby: It's like a thousand miles away. It's a little too soon to tell how much it will affect us at this point.
Minion:I heard that Wilma is the last name they have on the list.
Customer No-Service Manager: Ha ha! What will they do if another one comes? Start over?
Flibby: They will use Greek letters.
Customer No-Service Manager: Ha ha ha!
Flibby: That wasn't a joke.
Customer No-Service Manager: Oh. Ha ha! So, the next one will be like Hurricane "Eks Vee Eye Eye" and then Hurricane "Eks Vee Eye Eye Eye?" Ha ha!
Flibby: No. Those are Roman Numerals. Greek Letters: Alpha, Beta...

I do have to give her credit for starting to count at 27 in Roman numerals, though.

Update: Cleo set me straight. The Customer No-Service Manager didn't even get THAT right.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at October 20, 2005 09:05 AM | TrackBack

Wait...XVII is 27? I thought it was 17...I feel stupid now...ouch.
Well luckily I'm a creative writing major, not a history major, so I doubt most of my superiors will test me on that.
Still, I do like to know things the 'right' way...
Oi, wouldn't life be fun if we'd never gotten around to inventing consistent ways to spell things?

Posted by: Cleo at October 25, 2005 02:52 PM
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