Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wondrous Words Wednesday: tanker desk

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Cathy at her Bermuda Onions Weblog. The idea is to share new (or at least new-to-us) words that we encounter in our reading.
I've just started Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, mainly because in addition to having been made into a movie which comes out in June, my husband worked on it last summer. He set up most of the civil war/vampire battles and frankly, I like to see whatever keeps my husband out of town for weeks at a time!
The book's narrator is describing the basement of the store he works at.
"There was an old metal "tanker" desk against one wall with the inventory computer on it"
I have never heard of a tanker desk so I looked it up on dictionary.com and the merriam webster online dictionary. Nothing. So I just googled it. Ah, it's a metal desk. Big and boxy and metal like a tank. Totally makes sense. I like this picture I found of this old beaten up tanker desk. There's a certain beauty in well-used things; I just hoped this isn't 'designer distressed'. I used to live next to someone who made furniture as a hobby and it just cracked me up to see her banging away at her brand new creations trying to give them some faux history!
Speaking of faux history; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is off to a really good start! I don't know what I was expecting, silly, simple writing, I suppose but I am pleasantly surprised by Graham-Smith's highly readable prose. It's very bookish!

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  1. Oh my goodness, I can't wait to tell my son I "know" someone who is working on this movie. He has been waiting for it since we all listened to the book on a car trip to Oregon a couple Thanksgivings ago.

    It's so funny you picked tanker desk. I wondered what the heck is was too when I read it and had to look it up when I got to my brother-in-law's house. Then I had to laugh because we had one of these in our basement the entire time I was growing up. We didn't call it a tanker desk we called it that heavy thing we always banged into trying to get to the pool table.

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    1. You made me laugh out loud, Martha. You forgot to include the word 'ugly' as in that 'ugly, heavy thing' you always banged into trying to get to the pool table.
      The trailers for the movie look really good, especially if your son is an action movie fan (aren't most guys?). We can't wait either!

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  2. I just started reading that same book last night! I have had it since Christmas and I just started it!

    My dad used to have one of those desks...now I know what they are called.

    Hey, when I click your link over at Bermuda Onion, it goes to your WWW from last week. I just got here by hitting "Home," but other people may not find this post.

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    1. We are on the same wavelength Libby! Oh crap, thanks for telling me. I will see if I can fix it!

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  3. Interesting. I've never heard of a tanker desk either - I wonder if those desks were first used on tanker ships.

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    1. Hi Bermuda, Libby says my post isn't linking correctly so I'm going to repost. Hope that's okay.

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    2. That's a good question; I couldn't find the etymology anywhere but you never know.

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  4. Hi Sim,

    I had never come across 'tanker' desks before and when I followed your lead and researched them on Google, they appear to be an item of furniture which was predominantly US centric, as there are no references to their UK counterparts, although I can't believe that we wouldn't have used them in some shape or form.

    I also checked out the book and with no disrespect to your husband and his work, it isn't something that I am likely to rush out to buy. We have had a whole raft of 'classic' titles being modernised and hyped up into their modern counterparts and quite frankly, it annoys the hell out of me. A classic is just that, for a good reason and I can't see any benefit in hacking it around to modernise it. If an author can't come up with an original idea, then quite honestly, they shouldn't bother writing anything at all.

    Rant over, sorry, but it is something I feel strongly about.

    An interesting WWW post, I love to see all these various items, which we all seem to have lying around our own homes, being described as 'retro'.

    Yvonne

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    1. Honestly Yvonne, it's not normally the type of book I would ever pick up except, as I said, my husband worked on the film version. And, so far, I'm pleasantly surprised. This particular one doesn't modernize, bastardize or do anything to a classic - you are probably thinking of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies - I think that's the title. Anyway, I tend to agree with you! Re: retro. Don't you just love all our horrible old junk getting glorified? Like ugly avocado colored refrigerators which I think are back in style. :)

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  5. Sounds really interesting...have to check it out!

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    1. The film trailer looks exciting, a bit like the new Sherlock Holmes films.

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  6. We used to have an old desk similar to that too. We didn't know it as a tanker but the name fits. That thing sure was heavy.

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    1. I think at one point in time, they used to have one of these in the back office of every little general store in town!

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  7. I had a tanker desk! But I didn't know it was called that. I bought it for a hundred bucks back in the days when computers and monitors were huge and I needed a big desk. I thought it was tan when I bought it, but it must have been used in a mechanics shop because when I cleaned it, the color lightened to an ivory. Still ugly, but brighter!

    Thanks!

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    1. That makes me laugh; and I remember those mega-computer days. And the box of dot matrix paper sitting nearby!

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  8. Hmmmm. I wouldn't imagine that I would enjoy Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but I haven't tried any of those zombie or vampire books that they mix with Jane Austen, etc... We did have one of those tanker desks. We left it in the basement of the last house we lived in.

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    1. I think leaving the 'tanker' desk in the basement was a good decision! Although every time I see this picture I found online, it makes me smile...but that's probably just because it's green and blue.
      I'll let you know about vampire hunter...so far it's not quite as ludicrous as you'd think!

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  9. Thanks for including the picture, it makes it so easy, it's recognisable of course but I didn't know what it was called either. I read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would have. I could see enjoying Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter too.

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