Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Needless To Say

Yesterday, a man who needed to come into my office to sign paperwork left me a message on my voicemail. He said he was extremely sorry and that he was going to be late. He was having his wife drive him to the doctor.

"I have a boil," he said, "in a very unmentionable place."

"Needless to say," he said, "I am having a very hard time sitting right now."

Three Things:

1. I had absolutely no need to know any of this.
2. Saying "unmentionable place" makes the listener assume the very worst.
3. Why must we insist on saying "needless to say" if we are going to just say the thing anyway?

Needless to say, I told everyone...


SassyTwoSocks said...

This is very tactless indeed. Seriously, I wouldn't have been like "Mmmm-K... talk to you later [click]".

Scott said...

I wish you hadn't shared that with us.
The mental images are something I could do without.

KMcJoseph said...

You think that's bad? I've been sitting here imagining him looking at it (somehow) in the mirror. Or worse, having his wife look at it.