Repeat after me

Few things make me laugh out loud these days, but I did so at an email Jay Nordlinger shared today:


Once, when I was working a computer help desk, I was trying to talk a user through his computer problem. I was trying to get him to enter some text, and I was spelling out a command.

Me: “X”

Him: “X”

Me: “T”

Him: “P”

Me: “No, T”

Him: “P”

Me (enunciating as clearly as I could): “T”

Him: “P”

Me (because I’m a ham radio operator and can’t help using the international phonetic alphabet): “No, T as in Tango.”

Him: “What the heck is a Pango??!”

For once I was speechless.

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