We have all experienced those aggravating times when we just can't seem to get our message across to another. Is it because we can't get the words out right, or is it because they can't seem to open their ears and let the message enter? Who knows?
Sometimes the problem occurs when the two speakers are of different cultures or from different countries. I still remember when my husband was in the U. S. Air Force and stationed in Panama. We lived in an apartment on the edge of Panama City and laundry was done at the end of each hallway where there were large sinks and rub boards to get the clothes clean. We had an infant at the time, so there was a lot of diapers to do. (This was before the disposables had become a part of daily life.)
One of the women in the apartment wanted to learn some English, so the ladies had taken on the task of teaching some words and phrases as we rubbed and scrubbed. We did have some success, but could never get the correct pronunciation for "sheets," which she insisted on saying with an "its" used in place of the "eets." We could not seem to get across to her that her word would never do.
There are also times when there is a difference of opinion on the meaning of a phrase or word. I know one man who has been known to say ,"The Bible says Pride goes before a fall, so I'm holding on to my pride with all my might so I won't take that fall." Ooo-kay. That's not my interpretation of that phrase, but you will never get him to accept any other.
Of course, you have the politician who takes pride in talking to you like you're an idiot, thinking you will never figure out what he is really saying. For example, former Vice-president Spiro Agnew was once quoted as saying: "I apologize for lying to you. I promise I won't deceive you except in matters of this sort." (Huh??)
I'll close with a few of my favorite misinformation quotes.
Yogi Berra: I'm not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.
Jarod Kintz: I asked her to wear something revealing, so she showed up in a prophet's toga.
Dizzy Dean: The doctors x-rayed my head and found nothing.
Groucho Marx: I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
Gracie Allen: Oh, George. It's lots of fun having fun even if you don't enjoy it.
Let me make myself perfectly clear. Have a good week.