Crossed Wires – and the Things People Say

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Years ago, shortly after my youngest son went to university, I was telling a neighbour about his achievement.

“Oh! I’ve heard of that. Univer City. It’s in America isn’t it?

Even now, when I’m writing the word, I have to stop myself spelling it with a C instead of the S, ha ha.

What funny or strange things have people said to you?


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About caroleparkes

My husband calls me a butterfly because I flit from one hobby to another. Apart from being a wife for 52 years, a mother of three sons, and a grandmother, I'm also an author, genealogist, amateur artist, a lover of most needlecrafts, and occasional poet. Of the above, my most enduring interest has been writing and I hope to be doing it well into old age.
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7 Responses to Crossed Wires – and the Things People Say

  1. Can’t talk right now. I’m laughing too hard. 😮


    • I’m happy you found it funny too. I thought my neighbour was cracking a joke at first and I laughed. Seeing her confused expression, I quickly stopped, and explained what I meant by university. She’d obviously never heard of it. That might sound strange to some of my readers. Yet, when I think back to my growing up years in Liverpool more than 50 years ago, I’d never heard of it either. Even though I passed a scholarship to go to Grammar School, I never heard of it there. Mind you, I did leave a few months before the exams. Maybe if I’d stayed, I would have learned more about it. Funnily enough, at the age of 40 I went back to college as an adult student, to get the exam certificates I should have earned at 16. I did eventually go on to study fo a degree.


  2. marianbeaman says:

    It’s odd that people, even educated people who know me well, mis-pronounce or misspell my name. Here are some strange variations: Marion, Mariam, Miriam, Mirian – Very puzzlng to me.


    • How strange that people you know well do that. The name Marian isn’t difficult. My brother always spells my name Carol, with no ‘e’ at the end. I’m often e-mailing him and always end with “Lots of Love Carole” , yet he’s never once got it right.


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