There are so many misconceptions that can happen with the spoken word, especially when cell phones are involved. A recent joke circulating on Facebook involves a person speaking on their cell phone in the bathroom and the person in the stall next to them thinks they are talking to them. This isn’t funny since I have actually had it happen to me. I once stood outside of a gas station bathroom and I could hear the person inside speaking to me. I didn’t really know what the lady was saying, but I kept trying to be polite and answer her. A few moments later she walked out and gave me a look like I was crazy. Granted, this was in the late 90s and cell phones weren’t as common place, at least that is my explanation.
So what was my excuse today? I was at the cell phone store making changes to my plan when I overheard a young man telling the clerk that he had lost his “sensation” recently in the hospital. I thought “Wow, he looks pretty good for losing his sensation”. Did he lose his sense of touch in his arms or legs, or maybe something even worse? Of course, I had to ask him about it.
“I couldn’t help but overhear that you had lost your sensation. Were you in an accident?” I asked.
He grinned and chuckled as he told me “Ma’am, a Sensation is a phone”.
Since I was in a cell phone store, common sense should have kicked in and gave me a clue with the word “sensation”, but that rarely happens in my world.