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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!