I was having a conversation with my friend D recently over the phone. D is a former coworker and a friend. She and her family are from Poland and she still carries a fairly thick accent. She also gardens and has a very nice collection of fruit and berry bushes which reseed on a regular basis.
D: I have extra red currant if you like some?
Me: Sure that would be great.
D: And gooseberry?
Me: Yes, that too!
D: Do you need any bramble?
Me: (pause) Did you say 'bramble?'
D: No! Bramble!
Me: (another longer pause) D, I could swear you're saying 'bramble?'
D: (louder) NONONONONO!!! BRAMBLE!!!!
Me: (totally clueless here, people. I'm trying like crazy to figure out what she's saying)
D: (louder still) BRAMBLE!!!!!!
Me: (long pause) OHHHHH!!!! BAMBOO!!!
D: Yah! Bramble!!
Me: D, I'm sorry, but the accent really threw me on this one!
Dead silence. For like 15 seconds. I'm actually kind of worried that I pissed her off. Then:
D: Baaaaaaaahm......BOO!!! Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahm.....BOO!
It was too funny.
3 weeks ago