The Perils Of Assuming That Everyone Is Familiar With The Pentateuch: An Anecdote! →
Out with some colleagues last night, my housemate was describing another colleague's house as "a ma-hoo-ssive flat", which I heard as "a Methuse-flat", which really confused me because their apartment is relatively new and very not Methuselah-ish. I asked what the apartment's age had to do with anything, got a bunch of confused looks, asked if the colleague if she had said "Methuse-flat", was told one can add a hoo
in between the syllables of massive
, and crawled back into my linguistic hole.
Apparently no one told me there's an eleventh commandment: Thou shalt not assume someone is inserting random references from Genesis into Friday evening conversations at the pub.