i’m at work and i felt the need to stop what i was doing and tell you all this: i am transcribing a cassette memo (yes, my boss still uses dictaphones like it’s 1978 or something). there was one sentence that i was having trouble with. it sounded like he said, “the big jerk of the XXXX family is named eugene.” i rewound it over and over, but that’s all i heard. my boss is known for being wacky, but could he really have said that? finally it hit me–he was saying “the PATRIARCH of the xxxx family is named eugene!”
my brain automatically substitutes the word “big jerk” for a mumbled “patriarch!!!!” is anyone surprised? i’m not.