The wonders of words and their meanings or perceived meanings can amaze us on occasions. Today was one of those occasions for me.
I had an errand to run which brought me in front of this lady at a counter to fill out some preliminary paperwork, among the question asked was;
are you married?
Interviewer; name of your spouse?
The next question that followed almost floored me; “is that one and only”? (“..”) my jaw dropped.
Two things immediately came to mind: firstly; is the law changed so that I’m now allowed more than one wife in this country?
And 2: Is she making a pass at me?
But then the reality of what she was asking came to me (not a minute too soon, before I make a fool of myself) and yes of course she repeated the question; is that (your wife’s name) spelt with one “n” (Leonie)” as opposed to 2 (Leonnie) Sssh, now where’s my hanky?
Of course the question the lady asked was not; is that one and only? But actually; is that one N only. What is said and what is heard is not always one and the same, and there are times too when one might even hear what one wants to hear; I assure you the latter is not the case on this occasion. Thank you very much.
Yeah: Laugh on as much as you like until your turn at bat
Oh the wonders of the spoken word
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Here’s my question to you for today:
1. have you ever had any such situation(s) as this that you can put down to the wonders of words?
2. Would you care to share it with us?