hilarious post over at the ALSC blog about one of the hidden perils of children's librarianship - keeping language squeaky clean while working around kids. Any one who spends time in children's departments, schools, provider situations and places that children frequent know that even "mild is wild" can be the order of the day when going about daily work. Parents, co-workers and kids themselves can be taken aback by meekly disguised expletives ("Fiddlesticks"; "Rats" etc). When something stronger rips...aieeee!
It's great when one never picked up the language of the street in one's home life. However, even the sweetest person is sometimes pressed to the extreme: the gerbil gripping, vise-like, on a finger while cleaning the cage; the bat that comes swooping in; the trip that resounds with the crack of a bone and sharp pain following - you know the stuff that might pop out.
What has amazed me over time, though, is how truly, remarkably creative and imaginative children's folks are. Even in the midst of shocking surprise or pain, the things that pop out are almost always appropriately mild. Perhaps we need to include this more often on our resumes...always language appropriate around kids and families!
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