When Communication Problems Are Funny

Have you ever seen or heard about times when auto-correct changes a word on your phone to something you didn’t intend to say? I remember one time when I was out on the square in Oxford when I was in college at Ole Miss and I was looking for a friend of mine. I had been at one bar with some people and she was on the other side of town at another restaurant. She asked me where I was. I was at a bar called Taylor’s Pub. So I texted her trying to say that I was at Taylor’s. My phone thought it would be funny by saying to her: “I can come by. I’m at Gaylord’s.” I immediately replied: “WTF phone?! Taylor’s!” Have your laugh…

Other times family can make your head spin if they misunderstand what you are telling them. In the summer of 2016, my parish held an all night of prayer from Friday evening to Saturday morning. After I woke up the next day I was telling my mom and sister about it. I told them that they held confession there. We had a Mass, prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and I told them we prayed a couple of rosaries. My sister didn’t hear me right and asked me: “you bought groceries at church?” I admit that that was pretty good.

I think one of the funniest stories of a communication mix up I have ever heard was a story one of my co-workers told me about her sister. Her sister was driving through Georgia with her kids. She stopped to fill up on gas and a man came up to her and asked in a very strong southern accent: “Excuse me ma’am, would you like some bald penis?” She’s a school teacher that is very prime and proper and was understandably aghast at what he had said.

“Excuse me!?”

“Bald penis.”

“Sir, how could you? I have small children in the car!”

It wasn’t until she was driving away that she saw the sign for boiled peanuts and realized what he was really asking her. The poor guy wasn’t enunciating.

So you should always make a good effort to communicate with people as clearly and precisely as possible. If it doesn’t always go as planned, sometimes you might look back on it and laugh.

By the way, if you ever see a sign for boiled peanuts while you’re driving in the South, I recommend you try some if you haven’t already.

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