Words can be mangled, misused, or misunderstood. What is your funniest example of mangling, misuse, or misunderstanding?
The Princess Bride is a favorite movie in this house, and we end up quoting it often. One favorite scene is when one of the characters exclaims, "Inconceivable!" at every report about the progress of a pursuer. The classic line back to him after yet another "Inconceivable!":
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Obviously, we pull that quote out every time someone in the house mangles or misuses a word around here. I seriously considered the quote for my post yesterday. But it seemed right for today.
Anyway, our funniest example of misuse of a word is not within our house, but someone outside the family. In a work situation. He would have things he needed to work out with a vendor or supplier or another office, and when asked to take care of the situation, he would say:
"I'll coagulate it with them."I love that imagery! Instead of coordinating things, working things out, and co-operating, he spoke of the situation becoming a "soft, semisolid, or solid mass." (from The Free Dictionary)
It's been a lot of years since I walked the halls of Corporate America, but I think this guy has inadvertently nailed it. Perfectly.