Confusing Words

Having Celiac I am used to asking for sandwiches with no bun at restaurants. Thankfully more and more places are starting to carry gluten free buns, i just wish Olive Garden would come out with gluten free bread sticks!

One day I made a quick stop at a fast food restaurant. I went up to the counter and asked to please have a hamburger with no hamburger. Yes, you heard me right, that’s exactly what I said. I actually wondered why the cashier looked a little confused. I thought  it would help if I repeated myself and as I was repeating myself my face may have begun to grow a little warm. I quickly explained what I really wanted, as the cashier smiled. Though who knows what she was thinking in her head.

I know I can’t be alone in getting words mixed up sometimes, so feel free to give me some company and share a time when you may have said something that you did not mean to say!

Or perhaps it wasn’t what you said or wrote that you mixed up, but maybe, like my dear husband, you had the wrong definition for the word.

I will admit that I give my husband a lot of reasons to laugh, but there are the times that he will have a “red moment” as well! This happened a few years ago now but will always stay fresh in my mind! His Mom had sent a recipe home with us for the rolls that she made that he really liked. He was reading the ingredients and noticed that she wrote “a lot of elbow grease”.  He asked me where in the store would he pick up “elbow grease”.  I kid you not I was on the floor with tears running down my face! The poor guy didn’t know what was wrong with me.

She was referring to the fact that it takes “a lot of elbow grease” to roll out the dough.”  A term that dates back to the 17th century. I will say that I heard it a lot from my Mom growing up so I was very familiar with it. There are so many different sayings out there, so I can understand a little, but….it still cracked me up!

Your turn now! When have you confused some words? What things have caused you to be ferhoodled or perhaps put a little color in your cheeks. Remember Laughter is great medicine! Let us all enjoy your “emerald blue” moments! 🙂

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36 thoughts on “Confusing Words

  1. Not me, but my aunt made me crack up yesterday. She’s lived in mostly one-bedroom apartments but will be moving soon to a two-bedroom apartment in another town. While telling me about her plans for the new apartment, she stated she was going to put a queen-size bed in the second bedroom “for ghosts”. Of course I knew she meant guests, but I cracked up.

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  2. The family best is from my SIL. We were looking at a house for her and my brother and she was concerned about the distance from the local college. She was the president of the ladies auxiliary and liked to walk there. She told the real estate agent that she was the president of the college. She was 80 years old with big white hair and red lipstick. I could hardly stop from laughing. We didn’t correct her either.

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  3. One of BFF’s cousins married someone who enjoyed cocktails. Immensely. One day at a family gathering, she said, “I don’t know if you know this, but I’m a teetotaler.”

    Unpersuaded (since she had a cocktail in her hand), I said, “I don’t know if you know this, but a teetotaler is someone who doesn’t drink alcohol.”

    Surprised, she explained that she meant she only drank tea at breakfast . . . no coffee. 😀

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  4. I am always getting words confused in speech … I do much better with the written word, for I tend to stutter when talking to actual people! But, your post reminded me so much of something. When daughter Chris (now approaching her 49th birthday) was in college, she came home one weekend, and we were out shopping, decided to stop at Burger King. At the time, she was a vegan, so she ordered “a cheeseburger, hold the meat and hold the cheese”. I looked for the nearest table to crawl under. 😊

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      • Heh heh. Nope … she got pregnant and moved back in with me, and that was the end of vegan-ism. We do try to eat less meat these days, but chicken and fish are still staples. I couldn’t do vegan, though, for eggs and cheese are essentials in my mind! Beef I could live without quite happily, I think.

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  5. Celiac, huh? Gluten seems to be pretty common, so I’ll bet its hard to find safe stuff to eat. What a pain in the butt.
    My sister and her husband were building a house once. They were putting up a wood siding called T-111 (pronounced “T one-eleven”). He asked her to go to the building supply store and pick up some more T-111.
    When she got there, she asked for Tiajuana Leven. They were quite puzzled, and it took some back and forth discussion to figure out what the heck she was talking about.

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    • I have grown used to it over the years. Fortunately there is more selection than there used to be and it tastes better! There have been gluten free products I have bought at the store, only to end up throwing away! t still can be difficult at times though at some restaurants.
      Haha about your sister! They probably thought she was talking in another language. 🙂

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      • I’ve never tried a gluten-free diet, as I’ve heard that it had no real health benefits, except for those with celiac disease. On the other hand, I understand that most people with the disease have gone undiagnosed, because it often has few symptoms. In a sense, maybe you’re lucky to have gotten a diagnosis, rather than being one of those whose digestive tracts are being silently damaged without their knowledge.

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      • Glad you haven’t tried the diet for that is one thing that drives me crazy. You are right and Drs will tell you that not only doesn’t it have any health benefits its NOT healthy to be on it if you don’t need it. For you are not getting nutrients that your body needs. People think it will help them lose weight. No, it won’t , for your body doesn’t metabolize food the same way as someone who has celiac.
        Anyway off my soapbox now. LOL! But heck, if I didn’t need to I definitely wouldn’t be GF!
        You are right, some people do have very minor symptoms which are hard to diagnose and yes in the meantime damage is being done to their liver and pancreas.

        I came very close to passing out and broke out in a rash which led to my diagnosis, all due to eating a sausage and egg biscuit. The Dr said my body had been so overloaded with gluten, that it just finally went crazy!

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      • Wow, watch out for those Sausage McMuffins. If I ever pass out and break out in a rash at McDonald’s I’ll have a clue as to the cause of the problem.
        I’ll bet you have to take vitamins to get all the nutrients you need. Well, it must be challenging to manage your diet, anyway. What a bummer.

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      • You are welcome!
        The challenging part was cooking separate for my family but we managed and now the kids basically grab what they want since they are old enough to fix their own meals.
        The bummer is desserts at restaurants. Main courses aren’t too much of a problem now but desserts are and I have a sweet tooth! When we were in Vsncouver we all went out and Colin was treating. I so badly wanted to order all the desserts on the menu for he was paying the bill, LOL! But I couldn’t.
        Oh well. Its life. You learn how to deal with it!

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      • Yes, life has its own special curve balls for everyone. We just have to adapt as best as we can to our own situation.
        You still have a little to learn though. Since Colin was paying, you could have ordered a giant-sized piece of cake, and then asked the waitress to give it to some kid at a nearby table.

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  6. By the way, I like the word “ferhoodle”. Thanks for expanding my vocabulary. Now I know what to say when responding to some of your ferhoodled comments. I was going to use the word “aporia”. But ferhoodle sounds better.

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