My Kiwi accent got me into trouble ... again ...
I stopped in at my local fast food joint, at lunch time, to get something to eat.
The ensuring conversation, between me and the counter person (CP) went something like this...
Me ... ' I'll have a Caesar Salad with FF French dressing and a bottle of water,
CP ... ' That will be $2.80, thank you. '
Then I noticed that he was filling one of their drink cups up with ice.
Me ... ' No, I didn't want it in a cup. I want bottled water. '
CP ... ' You want what? '
Me ... ' I want bottled water. '
CP ... ' Sorry, Ma'am I don't understand you. '
Me ... ' I want a bottle of water. '
At this point, one of his co-workers came over and asked me what I wanted ..
Me ... (feeling mildly frustrated) ' I want a bottle of water. '
They both looked at me blankly as though I was speaking a foreign language..
Me ... (very slowly and clearly) ' A__ B_O_T_T_L_E__ O_F __W_A_T_E_R .'
They both looked at each other..
CP2 ... 'You want the bathroom ?'
Me ... (wondering how I could pantomime a bottle of water) ' No, I want a bottle with water in it. '
More blank looks from both of them ...
Then I had a minor brain wave ..
Me ... (pointing at menu board) 'Look, Dasani bottled water - $1.49. '
Big smiles from CP 1 & 2 ...
CP ... ' You want a bottle of water. '
Sheeeesh ...Isn't that what I've been trying to tell you for the last five minutes!!
Mind you, it didn't end there. I phoned the hubby to tell him about the conversation and he thought I was saying 'Mushrooms and water' ...
Sighhhhh ... though I'll put that one down to cellphone reception and give him the benefit of the doubt...
Honestly, I don't think my accent is all that pronounced. This link takes you to a previous post of mine, where I was trying to tell a 911 operator where a DV incident was taking place.
It has a little video on it, where you can hear the sound of my voice. Admittedly, am speaking slowly and precisely...but .. well, you be the judge :-)
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