On occasion when things get really busy at work I manage to make some pretty ridiculous verbal flubs. Please try not to be too shocked by that revelation. A few days ago I was relating a conversation with a patient to a coworker to confirm I had made contact. I said, "I spalked with her yesterday." I never even realized my goof until 2 coworkers turned blue laughing. (Why yes, we are easily entertained, why do you ask?)
Last week four of us were trying to figure out which patient had left a message. There were no fewer than six theories as to the name and location of said patient, none of which were accurate. It was as if that old playground game of Whisper Down the Lane had been played by half-deaf, semi-addled speakers of 4 different languages.
Earlier this week I had another gaffe.
When I answer the phones I am supposed to say, "Hello, XYZ Chiropractic. This is Michelle speaking. We can help you." Simple enough, right? Never underestimate my ability to mess up simple things.
The phone rang during peak times and I answered, "Hello, this is XYZ Chiropractic. Michelle speaking. We can hear you." As soon as the words came out of my mouth I realized I had said something wrong and I wondered allowed what on Earth prompted that as three of my coworkers crumpled to the floor in hysterics over my goof (I told you it didn't take much for this group). I said to the caller as I laughed, "Well, I meant to say we can HELP you and although I could hear you when I first answered I'm having a bit of trouble at the moment due to the cackling in the background. Sorry about the confusion. Could you please repeat your name?"
The caller laughed as she remarked about the relative perfection my coworkers must attain and assured me she didn't mind repeating herself but it seemed this must be the week for folks misspeaking. A few nights earlier she and her husband had gone to dinner. At the end of the meal the waitress came to inquire as to whether or not this couple would care to order dessert by asking, "Can I interest you in a divorce?" Does one serve that dish en flambe or ice cold, I wonder?