Fresh Fridays: It’s not You, It’s Me

perfect example: the CONNAH store

what’s the name of that store on the corner?

Aug. 16, 2011

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Exasperated, she raised her voice because I hadn’t heard her the first time. “How come no one understands me when I speak?”

“Mmmm… I don’t think it’s you, it’s me. I’m not from here, so sometimes I’m not used to hearing the way people talk here.”

“Oh you mean…. my ACCENT.”

I smiled. “Yeah. Here’s an example:

A few years ago, I said to this doctor:

‘My patient just came out of surgery and he’s hungry. Can I order him a meal? What kind of diet do you want him on?’

He replied simply, ‘A caahhdeeac diet.’

‘A what?’ I asked.

‘A caahhdeeac diet,’ he repeated.

‘A WHAT?!’ I had NO CLUE what he said.

My patient then interrupted my story. “A you-CONeat [‘you can eat’] diet?!”

What?! “No, no, he said a caahhdeeac diet.”

“Oh ok,” she nodded.

Assuming she still didn’t get the joke, I clarified, annunciating each syllable. ”Car-dee-ac [cardiac]. You know, a heart healthy diet. ”

“I KNOW, I heard you the 2nd time. Of course I know what it is, it’s the same diet I’m on! You know they just fixed up my carotids!”

Wow. My patient actually understood my impersonation! “Exactly! He said cardiac but I thought he said cadillac diet. Like a CADILLAC!”

“Now THAT must be a diet for a rich person,” she answered.

I erupted in laughter.

“Well, you can’t help it.” She shrugged. ”You AH what you AH [you ARE what you ARE]!”

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It’s been awhile since I last posted a Fresh Fridays post! It’s an oldie, but it makes me laugh every time. ^.^
To all my new readers, welcome! I’m a nurse who enjoys writing, traveling, and.. oh yes, funky flavored Kit Kats. ^_^  On my blog you’ll find an assortment of everything… kinda like bibimbap, where you stir all the good stuff into a stone bowl and heap in large spoonfuls at a time. Or a traditional Japanese meal where there are so many appetizing things, you won’t know which to eat / read first.
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3 thoughts on “Fresh Fridays: It’s not You, It’s Me

  1. When my dad was in the hospital, I heard all sorts of different accents from patients and from all the medical teams and staff. It’s actually quite an accomplishment for everyone to understand each other.

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