I have a particular client who sometimes makes me wonder is English is her native language (and it is). For example, I wrote an e-mail asking if she wanted an updated picture on her project. She responded with: “the grotto is the same as the hot springs so mention of needs deleted”.
I read it twice.
And then closed my laptop and went to sleep.
The next day, I showed “the grotto is the same as the hot springs so mention of needs deleted” to my husband.
He blinked blankly. “I don’t understand,” he said.
“Me either,” I replied.
“So why not write her back and ask what on earth she meant?”
I grimaced. “It’s not like that. I’ve been through this before. Her response will make me wonder even more, and then I really can’t ask again.”
He laughed. “Are you worried that she’ll think you’re an idiot?”
No, I’m worried about proving it. After this, I’m swallowing a tough mouthful of pride and writing back.
And then I think I’ll have some Java Chip Frappuccino ice cream… with my humble pie.