Monday, August 8, 2011

Say What? "I need a mate"

When I went in to buy pool passes for the family, the woman in charge of processing was already familiar with me. She said what sounded like $118 and I said "Is that 118 or 180?" Triggered a flashback involving words that sound like "ate".

This was about 25 years ago, on a fishing trip while we were relaxing on a boat.

Friend (puts his hand out to me): I need a mate.
Me: What? What's wrong with me?
Friend: What?
Me: I am your mate, right?
Friend: Yes...what are you talking about?
Me: Why would you need a mate when I am right here?
Friend: What are you talking about?!?
Me: What was it you said to me?
Friend: Uh...when?
Me: Just now, when you said you need a mate. What, am I invisible?
Friend: Oh! No, you moron! I need a (enunciates carefully) BAIT.

I should've figured that out since we were on a freaking boat and he was holding his fishing pole... It's easy to confuse how a certain part of a word is pronounced, like "eighteen" or "eighty", let alone "mate" or "bait". ;)


A Daft Scots Lass said...

That conversation could've gone the complete other way.

Mynx said...

I have a feeling this happens quite a lot for you. Forgive my giggling :)

Anonymous said...

what a strike to the ego...and all over a minnow. How hard would it have been to saw worm or minnow? I imagine a lot less rhymes with or "looks like" those words. as with Mynx...forgive the giggling but his face must have been priceless.


Vodka Logic said...

Seems like i've had conversations like that and I can hear...

Did you catch anything or did your friend get a new mate after all

Furry Bottoms said...

Hehehe, I have problems with the "ate" words myself! And the ending words with ty" too.

Once, I got into a car accident. My car crashed through a farm fence that was holding cows in a pen. Cops came. Cops asked me how fast I was going.

"I was going 15!" and the cop said "50?!?!"

I said "yes, that's what I said, 15"

Cop gave me a perplexed look. My sister jumped in and corrected the cop. When looking back, if I had been going 50 mph on that road, I would have ended up much further down the hill than I did. I wonder what that cop was thinking when he thought I said I was going 50 mph... "why would she ADMIT that?!"

DCHY said...

ADSL - you think? LOL

Mynx - you're allowed to laugh at my expense. ;) You're right, I often have trouble with words that end in certain patterns.

Jewels - it was a worm. Yes, his expression was priceless...and etched into my memory.

Vodka Logic - haha! I caught some fish and he didn't. He didn't believe that I could catch a fish like that. I tried to explain it's just the way my life is...always at the right time.

Furry Bottoms - I've had interesting run-ins with cops like that. hehe

Copyboy said...

I'm so fishing-challenged I would've made the same mistake.

DCHY said...

Copyboy - that made me smile. :)