I’m very happy to welcome some new followers to The Escritorium this close to Christmas. I am writing in advance of course, because I will be working my very last week (bound to be pandemonium) at the bookshop unless some form of seasonal miracle means I get longer term employment.
Interesting word, pandemonium: it’s a Latin portmanteau word invented by Milton.
Pan = many and demonium = demons. Thereby, a pandemonium is ‘a council of demons.’
We’re less like demons and more like elves at present. Although I can’t really vouch for the customers.
My flash fiction didn’t go down all that well huh? Hint taken – business as usual with poetic Sundays.
Working in the ambient-music-infused world of book selling you get to hear, or say a lot of repeat phrases. If I had more time I would happily turn them into a comedy skit… But for now, here they are:
- Would you like a bag? That’s five pence extra, is that alright?
- Do you have a loyalty card with us?
- Excuse me, sorry, thank you.
- Guys, have you seen the kick-stool?
- That’s a great book… But I’m not judging, I just scan bar-codes.
- Would you like to pop round the corner Madam?
- Would you like me to put that through the till for you?
- I can definitely do a search for that…
- Bear with me….
- I’m just going to put you on hold alright?
Lastly there are of course variations on the last theme which is usually:
“Thanks, have a great day.”
“Bub-bye, take care.”
“You enjoy those okay!”
By which you can obviously tell that I cultivate a jolly air of professional niceness and am generally an absolute delight. *twinkly eyed.*
~ Pola ~