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Words and expressions that lead to misunderstanding

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by slobake, Jun 23, 2014.


  1. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    My wife is about as subtle as a train wreck. A lot of times her bluntness is a good thing because you know right where she is coming from. You never get passive aggressive with her. She tells you exactly how she feels. I have learned from her and she has learned to tone it down from me.
    Sometimes she uses expressions that can be misunderstood. Like "At least you ...
    At least you know the capital of Connecticut*. Possible translation: Well maybe you are not a total moron after all at least you know the capital of Connecticut. I know her and realize that is not what she is trying to say but it often sounds that way.
    Here is another one. "You don't even know..."
    You don't even know what you had for breakfast.* Possible translation : What kind of an idiot are you anyway? Again she may not mean it this way but that is what people think sometimes.
    I'm guessing that I probably say some things like this too. What other expressions or words can lead to misunderstanding?

    *Hartford is the capital.
    *Why is knowing what I had for breakfast important?
     
  2. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Maybe you are listening to her through old clogged filters.

    I know I do!
     
  3. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    Yup, but now I just ask her. When you said... Did you mean ...?
     
  4. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg
    Anytime Mrs Handsome starts off a statement with, "Honey..." I know she just called me an *******.
     
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  5. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    :roflmao: I know that one. Or, honey the sink is backed up.
     
  6. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    Anytime Mrs. Nukes begins with "Honey would it be ok..." I see $$$$ going far away.
     
  7. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada
    I don't want to hijack the tread... but some of you may find it interesting:

    In french there is so many words and ways to say something that it's easy to be misunderstood.

    I've work a few years with english speaking people and the language make it way easier for me, even if my english is far from perfect.
     
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  8. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    oui mon ami
     
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  9. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg
    I hope you're paying attention to this, Slobake. I had nothing to do with it.
     
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  10. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    That's disappointing, what are you getting soft or something. :)
     
  11. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    The sub par must be messing with his timing.
     
  12. I use phrasing and words that often lead to polarizing effects. People around me are left either liking me enough to adopt me or hating me as they would a boil on their balls that needs lancing. This sometimes leads to fear or sorrow on my part, like when I thought I'd offended the OP. Other times it leaves me with little or no feelings at all. Selective psychopathology.
     
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  13. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg

    No no. We're a couple boring examples away from this thread needing a trajectory shift.
     
  14. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Why do Elephants play football with their children? tumblr_mdqahveJp01qdlh1io1_400.
     
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  15. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg
    That looks a lot like soccer.
     
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  16. Funky Ghost

    Funky Ghost Translucently Groovy

    Right, football.
     
  17. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    You have never offended me. Are you over-estimating you nuisance value? ;)
     
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  18. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg

    Maybe he called you "honey" at some point & you didn't notice it.
     
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  19. slobake

    slobake resident ... something Supporting Member

    As long as the drain wasn't clogged I'm okay with that.
     
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  20. Darth Handsome

    Darth Handsome Banned

    Oct 1, 2010
    Winnipeg

    He can call me whatever he wants as long as he keeps that killer f*****g beard.
     
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