Have you any funny stories about what you thought someone had said and what they actually did say?
I moved to the Netherlands a few months ago - everyone here speaks fantastic English, but occasionally my creative grasp of metaphor or rapid delivery produce surprising responses....
I was chatting with my new officemate and I asked him "do you have siblings?" He looked a little taken-aback but said "er, no, it's just me right now". I thought this was a strange response, but I didn't think too hard about it and proceeded to blather about my family and where they live. After a little while my officemate finally said "did you ask me if I have brothers and sisters?" Turns out he's the youngest of five..... I finally decided that he must have heard me ask "are you single?" instead of "do you have siblings?"
Haha, that's hilarious. I would be so :rofl: after that.I asked if I could have the last donut at work and my coworker called me a "goathead" for no reason at all. :grumpy:
That probably wasn't reason enough to ask, "Did you want double-sided or single-sided copies?" as I dropped her report into the shredder. Just chucking the donut at her probably would have been sufficient, and would have left me feeling less guilty when I realized she actually said, "Go 'head."