Every day is an opportunity for further education and thanks to various forms of media, I’ve learned several new words which I’d thought I’d share with you.
Dark Archives: Soon to be a major motion picture with Johnny Depp as the Librarian ….No, not really, but you have to admit that “Dark Archives” would be a great movie title. Actually, I heard the term used in a digital preservation webinar I was attending. “Dark archives” refers to a digital archive that only one person, typically the administrator of the database, or very few people have access to. A dark archive is an anathema to librarians who prefer many people to have access to our documents.
Car Diving: As seen on the front page of the Hobbiton Herald. “Car diving” refers to cars that drive through large puddles of water at high speed throwing up tsunami-like waves onto passing pedestrians and on-coming traffic.
Panty Hamster: As heard on the TV sitcom, “Don’t Trust the B____in Apt. 23”. “Panty hamster” is apparently slang for …uh…female genitalia. The sitcom in question, despite its odd name, was surprisingly entertaining although why the producers would shy away from using the “B” word in the title and yet include “panty hamster” in their script is one of those little vagaries of life.