I Hate Miscommunication

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 137 People

    My Life My Rules

    An English footballer, John Carew, got a tattoo on his neck.  It was in French and read Ma vie, mes regles which, he believed, meant My life, my rules.  Very cool.  Very edgy.  However, the tattoo artist added an accent over the first 'e' of regles, changing the meaning to...
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez
    46-50, M
    6 Responses Sep 21, 2011

    Every time I say something,

    my bf gets offended or thinks I'm angry. But my friends who know me know when I say anything I'd say "I'm angry" literally. it feels terrible to be a bringer of negativity, when I mean things in neutral/positive ways.
    BlueSkysAreCold BlueSkysAreCold
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jan 4, 2015

    Misunderstandings

    Here we cross cultures, time lines, oceans and borders without paying much attention to how far from home we are. We cannot see each other's face or hear each other's tone when we speak. We know little of each other's mood, background or character. It is inevitable that we...
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez
    46-50, M
    2 Responses Sep 22, 2011

    Frustrating

    I really hate it when I hurt someones feelings because one of us misheard the other one. I also hate it when a ten minute conversation takes an hour because you have to keep explaining what you said.I know that everyone is different and that means that we each draw different...
    lyricaldemise lyricaldemise
    36-40, T
    Apr 3, 2013

    "I know that you believe you understand what

    you think I said, but I am not sure that you realize that what you heard is not what I meant." Robert McCloskey, U.S. State Dept.
    Aimee17 Aimee17
    41-45, F
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2014

    Listening

    It is a tragedy that people always hear what they hear but rarely what is said.  It is an extension, I suppose, of reading what they expect to read and not what is written.
    GarciaMarquez GarciaMarquez
    46-50, M
    1 Response Sep 1, 2011
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