English Story

Change of jobs

A judge in his golden years decided that retirement had become too boring. So he volunteered as a librarian at his local library branch.

A week later, his supervisor, a stern woman in her sixties, called him into her office.

She cleared her throat and said, "You know, I appreciate that when you were a judge you were stern with lawbreakers. And you carry that with you to your new job, which is commendable. But when someone owes an overdue fine, you can't just..."

The judge interupted... "I had to throw the book at him or he would think I was soft."

"I know," said the librarian, "but the Oxford English Dictionary?"