Hi! We are having winds here the likes of which will blow your skirt right up over your head! Wish u were here!
New subject! Do you ever say the phrase “code of silence?” Like, let’s say you were telling someone something and you wanted them to lock it in the vault, never tell a soul, lip-zipped, upon pain of death. Would you ever say “I’m going to tell you something, but it has to be in the code of silence after this, ok?”
Me either. Until I started hanging out with librarians. Librarians say words that I have never heard people use in casual conversation other than in books, which I suppose makes sense. For instance, librarians that I know often use the word “bailiwick.” Isn’t that a funny word? “That music collection is Matilda’s bailiwick.” Fie, me wee faerie. A pox on her bailiwick, I say!
So, the code of silence. I hear this phrase a lot, for those “off the record” work type conversations. A bit dramatic, yes? Like we are all library spies, working the underground resistance movement or something.
It gets even better. The other day, someone was telling me something that they wanted to keep just between us. And as he said “the code of silence,” he made a gesture with his hands. As he said the words, he brought both his hands up over his head and pantomimed like he was putting a tent over the two of us.
Me: What did you just say?
Him: Just, you know, this is under the cone. The cone of silence.
Me: Did you just say CONE?
All this time, I thought people were saying “the code of silence,” which was strange enough for me. But now? The CONE? What exactly is a cone of silence? Is it like an ice cream cone? A traffic cone? A pine cone? And the way that he gestured. He was literally putting the two of us underneath an invisible cone. The cone of silence.
Maybe it was just him. I kind of want it to be everyone though. The cone of silence is way, way better, right?
And does anyone get why I named this post what I named it? Because come on. That’s funny.