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The New American English Language (A Conversation About Words)

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I had an altercation on the phone last night with a guy who works for a residential rental company.

Calling about a specific house, what I assumed would be a straight forward communication instantly devolved.

"That's actually an amazing place", the guy announced, although he hadn't seen it.

When I asked for details, he read, "It has a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, and it's somewhere in Santa Monica".

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I wondered aloud what exactly was "amazing", assuming that he hadn't arrived at that part of his shpiel.

He repeated, "It has a kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, and 2 parking spaces".

I was listening for what was "amazing", yet his recitation of house features continued to not amaze.

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That's where the needle jammed on the record.

He insisted he couldn't tell me anything else that was amazing because he didn't have any other information, and I repeated that I haven't heard anything amazing yet!

Growing more irritated, baffled, and bewildered was I.

Obviously, he thought he had described "amazing" in his pedestrian list of house features, and I didn't get it.

What was I missing?

We did at least 6 rounds of this, increasingly repeating our lines louder and over each other until mercifully, I hung up.

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I was stunned over my sudden mood broil and clueless about what had just happened.

I went over each beat of the "conversation" out loud with those friends who were with me who had overheard it.

Lucky them.

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