so i was looking at the etymology of different words and stumbled upon this gem..
secretary (n.) late 14c., "person entrusted with secrets," from Medieval Latin secretarius "clerk, notary, confidential officer, confidant," a title applied to various confidential officers
i had no idea! i thought it was just a coincidence that "secret" was inside that word ^_^
so! wouldn't it be cool to make a secretary character? the person whose purpose is to keep all the secrets!
what secrets do modern secretaries keep?
what secrets did old-timey secretaries keep?!
does a secretary have to be a person?!
what does the secretary do with all the secrets?!!?
i have so many questions!
i don't know, maybe im over-excited about this, but i just thought it was an interesting starting point/angle.. :D
When I began to think about interesting people who would have secrets to hide, and yet also successful enough to hire a personal secretary, I thought about the former president of the United States Richard M. Nixon. His personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, was employed throughout the majority of his political career, in which including the infamous Watergate scandal. She was said to be very loyal to Nixon and a close family friend. What is most interesting though is that she took responsibility in a grand jury for 'accidently' erasing 5 minutes of the 18 1/2 minute gap of the tape that recorded Nixon's conversations concerning the break-in at Watergate.
This scandal provoked me to think about all the secrets she must have had to keep hidden.
How involved was she in the scandal?
Was it her decision to erase the tape?
Or, did she simply erase a portion of the tape because she was ordered to?
Was erasing a portion of the tape really an accident?
What would have the tape revealed?
There is so much mystery to this scandal left to trigger our imaginations.
This idea I think would make an intriguing sketch or short film. I'll continue to toy with the idea and possibly write my own peice. However, I would love for this to inspire others as well. What do you think Rose Mary Woods knew?
During World War II, secretary Helen Kogel Denton typed General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s final orders authorizing the 1944 D-Day Normandy invasion. She kept the secret, even from her own husband.
You can read more about Helen here: http://www.thecitizen.com/articles/12-11-2013/helen-denton-91-keeper-world%E2%80%99s-biggest-secret-laid-rest-pearl-harbor-day
I am the Secretary
I sit by the door
I keep my head down
And my eyes on the floor
You walk in and say hi
And I give you a smile
I say very little
Talking isn’t my style
But I’ve learned how to listen
Quite well through the years
I keep my mouth shut
And defer to my ears
People talk in the open
As they sit here and wait
And I eat up their secrets
Like food on a plate
I could shock you, I’m sure
With the things that I know
People speak very freely
When they’ve nowhere to go
I’m here the whole time
But it’s like they don’t see me
I blend with the background
Until someone needs me
I’ve heard about trysts
And of cheating on tests
And silicon breasts
I could write a whole book
With the things I have heard
From intriguing and naughty
To downright absurd
But I won’t write a book
No I won’t share a thing
I am the Secretary
Secrets are my king
So I keep them inside
Each one makes me grow stronger
And if I were to share them
They'd be secrets no longer
EVERYONE: Contribute Stories, Ideas & Examples of a Secretary being a Foil or Downfall to their boss.