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Merry Misnomers

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 by Lisa Ricard Claro   2 Comments | Posted in faux pas · humor · misnomer · verbiage

My hubby, Joe, came home the other day itching to share a misnomer that he knew would crack me up. Things like that make me happy. Other women want diamonds; all it takes for me is a good laugh. I’m just too easy.

My husband owns a commercial carpet, tile, and upholstery cleaning business and was at a job site in a sports bar. It was late, and those patrons sober enough to remember where they parked their vehicle had already left. The remaining trio of inebriated yahoos was engaged in a garrulous and raunchy conversation regarding women and sex. In the course of this, one of them took a break to ask Joe who he was. Joe explained that his company was there to clean the carpets, to which the man laughed and said, “Well that’s a fetal effort!” He then turned to his buddies and, blissfully unaware of his gaffe, repeated it. “His company is here to clean. I told him it was a fetal effort! Totally fetal!” His comrades agreed!

Another gem came in the form of an error on a medical transcription report. My cousin Carol said a particular doctor insisted he had not outsourced his dictations to a foreign locale. She knew better when a report came across her desk that mangled the diagnosis “inflamed uterus.” The unfortunate patient was instead diagnosed with a “flaming Eucharist.” Yikes! Holy vexatious verbiage, Batman!

As long as there are words there will be people mangling them, and I am certain I have done my fair share (and no doubt will again.) Fortunately, humor writing lends itself to such verbal vagaries, so I will share more of the same with you at some point. Asking me to keep these spoken faux pas to myself is a fetal effort. Totally fetal.

Til next time –

2 Responses to "Merry Misnomers"

  1. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    April 10, 2009 at 10:25 am  

    I love word slips like that-well, except when they slip out of MY mouth! 🙂

  2. Comment by anita
    April 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm  

    I love word slips too. My daughter was just telling me that a fellow teacher at her school was saying that as she was taking attendance at the beginning of the year she came to a name that appealed to her wacky sense of humor: “Shithead.” This is a common name in India but shouldn’t the administration have put a note: Pronounced “Shetheed”?

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