There are just moments when we have to laugh, right? Even though we’re busy business professionals, sometimes someone else’s take or understanding of words or situations just cracks us up — especially when they get it backwards with the words they use.
I am not mocking those for whom English is a second, third, or thirty-third language; far from that! Since I speak ONLY English — and the American version at that — anyone who can converse in this complicated language has my total admiration.
I’m just laughing because sometimes a phrase we’re used to gets turned around, and on a tough morning, even something like that can get us laughing. And I am certain it happens in every language, when those like I am are trying to say something in a different language that doesn’t quite work.
I was just reading a thread here on LI about a simple way to improve, and this commenter wrote “Couldn’t agree less,” when clearly the phrase meant was “couldn’t agree more.”
Why did I laugh?
It just struck my funny bone, and I think for me this morning, it symbolizes the wacky way my day is going. At any rate, I feel so much better for it! Has this happened to you?
Has someone else misused a word or phrase in YOUR language? Did you see the humor in it? I hope so!