Causing confusion everywhere I go!
I've had one of those days today, where it seemed like I was speaking in a foreign language all day!!Incident #1 - I tell the Superintendant's Secretary that "I'm missing some of my stationery" and she says she'll "check on it for me". When I call her back later to tell her I have found it, she tells me she "has a box out to send me". So I say "no you're okay I have found all the things I was missing". Her response "Sarah, what do you mean by stationery"? Me "I mean office supplies"! Laughing she says "well I was sending you a box of letter headed paper, as that's stationary to us"! We got a good laugh out of it anyway.Incident #2 - Chatting with 3 colleagues after work, I asked one of them if she was "taking the p"? They all start giggling and two of them say "what did you say, is she taking a pee"? Whilst the one I was talking to says "Noooo, how can I be taking a pee sitting here"! So I say "nooo, I mean are you taking the Mickey"? More blank expressions and giggles, they think I mean something to do with drugs now! I then struggle to explain what I mean, as I only ever say "take the p" or "take the Mickey" and suddenly find myself stumped to explain them! Finally I say "I mean are you kind of being 'funny' in a sarcastic way" the best I could come up with. When I left though they were still laughing about "are you taking the p" and still didn't seem to quite get why we say that.Incident #3 - with the Hubster of all people, who it appears I can still catch out after years together! I call to him "Something's really honking in the garage"? The next thing I know I hear his Pickup horn honking!! So I look into where he is and see him pressing his remote and exclaiming "I must have hit this when I was taking my pants off"! I burst out laughing and say "nooo, I mean't really honking as in really smelling, not your Pickup horn"! Apparently he has never heard me use this before.I think this was maybe a record day of confusion for me!