Quiet rooms

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 14 19:47:10 UTC 2012

On Jan 14, 2012, at 2:42 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:

> Interesting. Some libraries, especially law libraries, have "quiet
> rooms" where laptops are not permitted. That was /my/ original reference.
>    VS-)

Ditto "quiet cars" on trains, although more for (non-use of) cell phones than for laptops.  At least some of those quiet cars are pretty noisy, depending on the trains.

> On 1/14/2012 10:33 AM, Darla Wells wrote:
>> I have seen the term used in Wichita Falls, Texas, schools along with
>> resource room to mean a place for kids with various learning problems,
>> also. Though in recent years, prison terminology seems to be more prevalent
>> in the schools than psychiatric terms.
>> Darla
>> 2012/1/14 Wilson Gray<hwgray at gmail.com>
>> Interesting, From a former roommate, a paranoid schizophrenic a
>> sometime resident of Harvard Med School's McLean Hospital, I'd
>> gathered that _quiet room_ was the proper term for "padded cell."
>> Youneverknow.
>> --
>> -Wilson
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