Notes from the Hatchery:
Veterinary disinfectant's curious aversion to vowels 
and other sensible language

By some crazy happenstance, I got to work in the CRU (chick rearing unit) today. I was pretty excited about it. There's baby bird cuteness everywhere. 

Unfortunately the little buggers have no immune systems, so that means meticulous cleaning regimes, hospital scrubs and strong disinfectants. So strong, it seems, that it's even killed any semblance of a sensible name along with the bacteria.

Here's a list of a few of the cleaning agents and their possible new names. Suggestions welcome. 

F10
Description: Antiseptic liquid soap or hand gel (two products) 
As in: "Did you wash your hands with F10?"  
Nickname: soap 
Possible new name: none 
Reason: Because soap is a decent name 


F919SC
Description: Biofilm remover 
As in: "Did you soak the blender in F919SC?" 
Nickname: F919 
Possible new name: squirty soap 
Reason: Because the concentrate squirts up into the cap when measured.  

F10SCXD
Description: Veterinary disinfectant/cleanser 
As in: "Did you scrub the dishes/mats/floors/walls/yourself with F10SCXD?"  
Nickname: Step 1 
Possible new name: finger tingler 
Reason: Because after having hands submerged in this for hours, the fingers tingled. 

F10SC
Description: Veterinary disinfectant 
As in: "Did you spray the dishes/ mats/ floors/ walls/ yourself with F10SC?"  
Nickname: Step 2 
Possible new name: squeaky raindrops 
Reason: Because it looks like rain when you spray it (see this post, step 5), and it makes everything squeaky clean. 


No name (unknown)
Description: Washing powder 
As in: "Did you add a scoop of this to the laundry?"  
Nickname: none 
Possible name: flower dust 
Reason: Because it's so super nice-smelling, you can almost imagine a flower springing from all the poop-covered towels. Almost. 

Medisure 
Description: Chlorine detergent 
As in: "Did you add a scoop of this to the laundry along with four packets of medisure?"  
Nickname: none 
Possible new name: soul-suckers 
Reason: Okay, so this one isn't technically a vowel-less mess, but I feel the name does not adequately describe the nose-burning, lung-collapsing potency of the product. Do. Not. Inhale. Don't even look in its direction when you're pouring, or there will be consequences. Bad ones.


Well, that about rounds up the cleaning agents. Here are the edits: 

EXAMPLE INSTRUCTION: First wash your hands with soap and spray your surroundings with squeaky raindrops. Submerge the blender in squirty soap for five minutes and follow with a wash in finger-tingler. Dry with a towel that has been laundered with four soul-suckers and a scoop of flower dust. 

So much better, don't you think?