THE NEW FILING CLERK
One of the first things Sam noticed when he walked into the CEO’s office was a young girl at a desk, off to one side. She looked up briefly then went back to filing her long fingernails.
Approaching the main receptionist, an efficient-looking woman, Sam gave his name and informed her that he had an appointment with Mr Winsett.
“Oh, yes. Follow me, sir.” Shooting an annoyed glance in the nail-filer’s direction, she led him into the CEO’s office.
“Hey, Sam,” His friend Vic rose and shook his hand. “Glad to see you. Sit down. I have the reports and data I wanted to show you right here.”
“Great.” Same took a chair. “Say, I see you have a second office worker now.” He kept the remark lightly curious, watching for Vic’s reaction. It wasn’t like his friend to hire superfluous staff, especially if they so obviously look bored. Also, her dress didn’t look like the kind of professional business attire Vic expected of his secretaries.
“You mean Melody.” Bill grinned. “She’s our filing clerk – when there’s something to file.”
“She’s doing a good job on her nails right now.”
Vic shrugged. “Guess you’d call it a sinecure. She’s my brother’s niece and needs a job – or rather, needs the paycheque – for the summer. Doesn’t have much idea about office work, but filing and some follow-up calls she can handle. Evenings and weekends she plays in a band, whenever they can get a gig.”
Sam pictured the young lady strumming a guitar. “With those nails? What instrument does she play?”
“Saxophone, if you can believe it.”
“So here she is, until university starts again in fall. I’ll talk to her again about office protocol. Now about these reports…”
The Ragtag Daily Prompt for today is SINECURE. A new word for me.
According to M-W, this word has an interesting meaning and goes way back.A SINECURE is a job or position more-or-less in name only. That is, you get paid for barely working. Great position for an in-law or someone the boss wants to have around without expecting much productivity.
This word is derived from sine cura, meaning “without cure.” Apparently the non-cure pertained to souls. From M-W: “The original sinecure was a church position that didn’t involve the spiritual care or instruction of church members. These days the positions are more likely to be board or academic appointments that require no teaching.
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I was also curious, watching for Vic’s reaction… and I’ve learned a new word!
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It seems Vic is generous rather than lecherous. Seems I’ve been learning new words right and left these days. Glad you foiund this tale interesting.