Gnome Bureaucracy

Being the free spirit that I like to pretend that I am, I tend not to focus on such mundane things as calendars and clocks. The only watch I ever purposely bought and wore had an holographic image of an eye on the crystal. I had a juvenile pleasure in showing the eye whenever someone asked me the time. Despite my lack of any sense of when I am, though, I always manage to be early for appointments. Go figure!

I happen to know what year it is simply because of the pending apocalypse. Other than that I can usually determine night versus day, and occasionally might have a reasonable idea of what day it is based on such things as the Twitter announcement that it is time for another 100 Word Challenge for Grown Ups, which should indicate a Monday, unless the powers that be went and changed the schedule.

Which brings us to this weeks challenge, using a 100 Words including the prompt ‘Wednesday‘. I was tempted to actually wait until wednesday to do it, just cuz, but not being quite sure what day today actually is I went ahead and let the fingers do their stuff. Enjoy!

Clue knocked on the door, under the bold ‘Director of Word Design and Punctuation’ sign.

“Enter!” Clue opened the door and approached his self-important superior.

“What do you want now?” his boss said pompously.

“Are you sure about this spelling sir? A word of such importance should be easy to spell!” Clue asked, pretending meekness.

“Nonsense my young gnome! This is why you will never sit in my office. The spelling will make the word memorable! When people see it they will think it is MY day! It stays ‘Wednesday‘!”

“As you wish, Director Hump.”

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    • Well in my mind Wednesday is on of the most ridiculously spelled words in the English language and the only reason I can imagine it is spelled that way is the Language Gnomes did it on purpose. That said, at least in the US Wednesday is often referred to as Hump Day, so I figured this was an explanation for that as well. Guess we have another epic fail here haha!

      • Not a fail by you but another example of how our ‘same’ language is SO different. My hubby will be pleased though because he did suggest that it might be Hump Day but didn’t know what that was!!

        Now I know about it, I think this is very funny & typical of gnomes & bosses! xx

      • I had a feeling this might confuse when I was writing it, but now we have cleared the air for others who will no doubt be saying “Huh?” 😀

  1. Here’s more confusion – in Israel we start the week on Sunday so Tuesday is the hump of the week. That Director Hump may be pleased with himself but generations of schoolchildren have hated him for it. Good piece – I got it straight away.

  2. I love the thought of a Director or word design and punctuation. Appeals to my sense of the ridiculous. Very clever. And your comment over at my place was wrong. I think yours is better than mine 😀

  3. The naming of the days – I like that you called the employee Clue, and Professor “Hump” for hump day is priceless. A fun take on the word – I’ve always wondered why they spelled it the way they did!

  4. I loved the whole setting of this short tale.
    Clue – what a great name for a language gnome and then the whole idea of a Director of Word Design and Punctuation – clever.

  5. Well it’s good to learn something every day! I didn’t know about Hump Day. Does hump mean the same in the US – If you have the hump, it means you are fed up, or offended. (There are other meanings to hump of course, but we won’t go into those!)

    • In this context it is more along the lines of hump as in the peak one has to get over. Like a camel’s hump. Once we have gotten over the hump it is all downhill from there. But it has similar connotations to what you are saying, as in “fed up for the week already”. Another more colorful meaning is a euphemism for sex.

  6. Now that’s the job title of my dreams! And if I had my own personal Clue to keep me in order it could be the perfect job too. Wednesday is definitely one of those words if you say it and look at it enough it begins to look like nonsense.


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