|Re: "Point not"? How about this one... |
Message #9 Posted by Paul Brogger on 2 Mar 2007, 3:32 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by Gerson W. Barbosa
In 1984 I'd been away for a month in South Africa on business, and in anticipation of my return, I contracted to have a bouquet of flowers delivered to my wife. She'd been taking care of our "tribe" all alone, and was anxious for my arrival. So, on the little message card, I quoted a CSN&Y song, with,
And you know, the darkest hour . . .
thinking she'd mentally complete the sentiment with " ... is always just before the dawn".
After handing the note card to the clerk, he called the tele-florist company to convey that message to someone at a computer terminal somewhere, so it could be transmitted quickly to the local florist in Washington state who would actually create the bouquet. I clearly remember him carefully reading the message: "He wants it to say, 'And you know the darkest hour', followed by point, point, point."
As in, decimal points, right? (Those quaint other-worlders and their curious names for things!)
Well, what she got was
And you know the darkest hour!!!
Not exactly a momentous mis-communication, but neither did it quite convey the sentiment intended.
Edited: 2 Mar 2007, 4:14 p.m.