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Communication Breakdown

Saturday, November 24, 2012

HAD to share a funny story from a family dinner last night.

I have an aunt who's deaf. However, we only see her once a year or so, so my mom and I get really rusty on our signing. We've forgotten more than we remember and our finger spelling is atrocious.

We try, though, and Mom was making conversation with my aunt at dinner.

A little background: The sign for "work" is very similar to the sign for a four-letter word for sex. "Work" is tapping the inside of one wrist on the outside of the other, fists loosely clenched. The other sign is exactly the same, but the inside of both wrists are tapped on each other.

My mom almost always (obliviously) signs "work" as "f@$k."

So, last night she said to my aunt, "Does Doug need your help driving to f@$k?" My aunt and I let it go. Later, when talking about the teenaged boys my uncle hires to help on the farm, she said, "Doug really f@$ks those boys hard."

I couldn't take it anymore, I had to correct her. Then I looked at my aunt and said, "They're the same, right?" Then my aunt joked that sometimes, it SEEMS like work...

OMG. My family cracks me up!
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  • JENNY160
    When I was learning sign language, a studentwho was deaf who seemed very sweet would sign what I thought was "Good morning" to me every day on his way to his homeroom. And every day, I would sign the same thing back to him. He would grin from ear to ear, and I would think, "How cute that he gets such a kick out of an adult saying good morning to him."

    Then one day the assistant superintendant of the school had an assembly of all the staff on campus. The purpose of the assembly was to alert staff to inappropriate signs being seen on campus and what we were to do when we caught a child using these signs. When he got to the sexual signs, I must have turned 90 shades of red. This high school boy had been signing "Good Erection" to me every morning. AND I HAD BEEN SIGNING IT RIGHT BACK TO HIM!

    The next day, he was oh-so-surprised when he was escorted to the principal's office after "greeting me" to explain his actions. It still cracks me up, though. The stinker.
    1895 days ago
    Great story, thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1908 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    That is so cute and that you all take the effort to learn and use "sign" language shows how much you love her. I have a neice who is deaf as well and can relate. Thanx for the comic releif for today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1914 days ago
    Holy crap, it is too funny when languages have similarities that are so easy to mix up like that. The Chinese word for "mother" is very close to the one for "horse" when spoken aloud. I wonder if the people who created the languages thought it would be cute to put things in like that, knowing people would make embarrassing mistakes!
    1914 days ago
  • MISSG180
    That's hysterical!
    1915 days ago
    OMG that's hysterical! Thanks for sharing!
    1916 days ago
    That is SO funny! emoticon
    1916 days ago
    Love it! emoticon
    1916 days ago
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