Today's annoying client phone call came from a young woman who had a serious problem with her idioms.
"I'm just not going to go into court with my hands crossed, you know what I mean?"
"Um, no. Why would you cross your hands?"
"You know. I'm not going to go into this with my hands crossed. You know, my hands crossed."
"Um, ok, so anyway..."
Then later in the conversation:
"I didn't lie. I'm not going to bite my tongue. She's the one who is lying. She's going to have to bite her tongue."
"Um, no, I'm sure you're not lying, but..."
"Are you going to make her bite her tongue? She's lying. You're going to have to make her bite her tongue."
The conversation was full of these. I was so lost.
I tried so hard to stay in the conversation, but all I could think was, "No, lady, you bite your tongue when you try to hold back from saying something. You don't bite your tongue because you got caught lying."
And I have no idea what crossing your hands means. Maybe it means someone is talking about you. Oh, no, that's when your hands burn. Nevermind.