Ever been talking to someone and in the course of the conversation
they use a word or phrase incorrectly?
Usually you let it go, not wanting to draw attention to their
mistake or embarrass them.
I was recently relating a story like this to a friend and co-worker, so
I thought perhaps I would share it here as well.
Years ago, a friend of mine had a big Christmas party and invited
most of the people she knew, both from work and from school. It
was quite the shindig, let me tell you.
Anyway, at this party was another friend of mine, Janice*. Now
Janice had a terrible crush on a certain guy and had never known
how to approach him.
This particular guy, whose name was David, happened to be of the
Jewish persuasion - but had attended the party all the same.
None of us cared about his religion anymore than he cared about ours
- so it was all good. Besides, why miss a good party over something
Under the influence of a little too much Christmas cheer from the
punch bowl, Janice approached me to ask what it was that the Jewish
people celebrated this time of year.
"Hanukkah" I replied. "The phrase is Happy Hanukkah."
She thanked me and stumbled off in search of David.
I happened to be standing within earshot when she found him.
Janice threw her arms around him and in her tipsy and tremulous
voice wished David a "Happy Holocaust!!"
I nearly died.
To this day, every time I think of that night I do two things:
1) cringe and 2) laugh hysterically.
Needless to say, Janice never did get anywhere with David - although
he did forgive her...eventually.
*names have been changed to protect the inebriated.