Take my mom, for instance. She mixes metaphors and analogies, misuses words and/or phrases, loses her train of thought, etc., but she is otherwise very intelligent and generally serious so much so that she doesn't get the punchline some of the time. I've already introduced you to Momisms (Part 1), so here is a continuation of her flubs:
One day we were discussing gardening with one of our employees and the subject of fertilizing and composting came up. Some people use horse manure, worm casings, chicken shit, vegetable waste among others. Then my mom piped up with, "Bat iguana is supposed to be very good for the garden". Bat iguana?? She meant "bat guano".
Her explanation for my fast eating habit? When I went to a boarding school for a couple of years, I developed a habit of eating quickly because of the little amount of time allotted between lining up at the dining hall, eating, having a smoke and then getting back to class or to go and spend some free time with my friends before the dreaded "study hall". So, if someone would ask why I finished dinner long before anyone else, she'd say, "She sniffs her food". No mom, I "inhale" my food.
This one is priceless: The government here took a census last year. A woman from the census came by one night but we did not hear her at the gate (one is supposed to announce their arrival here by honking their horns) so she left a note to call her at her office. The following night, mom called and answered the census questionnaire over the phone. When asked about my educational details, mom told her that I graduated "phi-beta-kappa". Rolling my eyes and cackling, I quickly corrected her: "It's summa cum laude".
Yes, she reads this blog.
Note: While reviewing my article history, I discovered that my "Bloggaversary" was three days ago. I know, I'm three days late - again. I'm going to have to start setting my calendar ahead three days (I used to set my watch ahead 20 minutes because I was always 10 minutes late). Anyway, I also discovered that I had not posted this even though I wrote it almost a year ago. I don't know why.*