Friday, June 1, 2012

English Strikes Again

Today we were at an assembly at our kids' school. The principal was talking about a USB key and Chris leaned over and we had the following whispered conversation:

 Chris: "What is a B key?"

Me: "A USB key."

C: "I don't get it. What's a B key?"

 Me: "A U-S-B key. You know, for a computer!"

 C: "Like a flash drive?"

Me: "Exactly."

C: "I can't believe I just wasted 20 seconds of my life. I thought he meant a B key from the US. I hate English!"

And what followed was that awkward moment when you are dying to laugh, but totally in the wrong place to laugh out loud. So, you hold it in and try to laugh silently. Except the laughter turns to tears and escapes through your eyes. And you are sitting in a assembly where the principal is talking about USB keys and nothing, not one thing is funny.


De Chao said...


Anonymous said...

You can just say USB Keys in Chinese, 隨身碟(厶ㄨㄟˊ-ㄕㄣ-ㄉㄧㄝˊ) then he may probably know what the USB key is.

PS: Who am I? Let you guess.

Kathy McElhaney said...

I got to hug your sweet mother-in-law on Sunday! They were such a blessing to our church.

Wendy Ramer, Author said...

Love this. As an ESL teacher, I totally relate.

Tiffany Bracken: said...

Humm... are you JOHN!!!???

Sis. Kathy, I was so glad that you all got to meet! Yes, I am very blessed to have her for a Mother in law!

Anonymous said...

You MUST get Chrissy Hood to tell you her and Joni Bell's "1, 2" story!Same principle but oh so funny!

Sister Hester

Anonymous said...

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