Off topic: How clean is your desk?
Thread poster: Rebecca Holmes

Rebecca Holmes
United States
Local time: 06:17
German to English
Feb 10, 2004

CNN has a wonderful article on desk hygiene at the moment. Perfect for all those translators who eat at least one meal a day there!

Check out:


Gillian Scheibelein  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:17
Member (2003)
German to English
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Brilliant Feb 10, 2004

I think I'll rearrange my desk so that my scanner (photocopier ersatz) is well-positioned for coffee breaks.


Paul Roige (X)
Local time: 12:17
English to Spanish
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Great advice Feb 10, 2004

From this article: "And if you have to eat your lunch off anything in the office, try the photocopier. With just 69 germs per square inch, it's almost as clean as the bathroom".

... and enjoy the photocopied breadcrumbs and bacon bits. Germ colour optional.


Rosa Maria Duenas Rios (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 06:17
Ugh! Feb 10, 2004

Very interesting but, do we really need (or want) to know these things?


Mário Seita  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:17
English to Portuguese
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impressive stuff. Feb 10, 2004

I will never eat at my desk again.
From now on, every time I feel hungry I'll go to the toilet...




Francisco Bolaños  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:17
English to Spanish
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a pity.... Feb 11, 2004


I think we dont need to know those facts. Do you realize I could never use my scanner to prepare my sandwiches?icon_biggrin.gif

Just kidding, the article is very interesting and, luckily, I normally eat far away from my computer/desk area... (as much as possible!).

Greetings, ppl!



Elinor Thomas  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:17
English to Spanish
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Oooooooook Feb 11, 2004

Next time I'm in a rush I will eat from my dog's plate, which is also time saving as it is always full with dry food.

Come on! I would like to hear from one person who got sick from eating lunch at their desk.



sylver  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:17
English to French
Counting germs Feb 11, 2004

Nice. Evidence enough that sickness is not directly related to the volume of germs present in the environnement.

Nevertheless, if they wanna eat on the bathroom seat, fine with me.


mrippa  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:17
English to Italian
Good ol' times... Feb 11, 2004

I wonder if anybody used to count the germs living in my grandfather's work environment: he was a farmer and used to have three cows...


Valeria Verona  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:17
Member (2003)
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Not to worry... Feb 12, 2004

We are almost germ-proof...
I wouldn't worry AT ALL.icon_rolleyes.gif


Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Local time: 12:17
Member (2003)
Danish to English
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You have to eat a peck of dirt before you die Feb 12, 2004

... or so my mother always told me.

And in those pre-metric days she meant what the Concise Oxford defines as

peck 2 · n.
1) a measure of capacity for dry goods, equal to a quarter of a bushel (2 imperial gallons = 9.092 l, or 8 US quarts = 8.81 l).

2) archaic a large number or amount of something.
– ORIGIN ME: from Anglo-Norman Fr. pek.


My biology teacher always maintained there were millions of germs everywhere, so we're progressing with only tens here and there.

I'm immune!


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