Friday, June 23, 2006

Senseless Words Part Two

So yesterday I began efforts to replace AOL by ordering a new internet server. I don’t even want to get into how many hours this took. Many. In any case, as usual I was having trouble downloading the necessary software, and on the second lengthy phone call, in an effort to talk me through it, the phone person gave me a url, which she spelled out like this: blah blah blah dot com slash d as in dog, s as in sam, k as in pillow. Wait, what? I said K as in what? K as in pillow she repeated. I should add she had a faint trace of an accent, hard to place, but I said K as in – and so stuck on K as in pillow was I, I drew a blank on any k words (durr), and she said it again, “as in pillow.” Okay, I hope at least one of you finds this as funny as I do, every time I retell it. Even after we got disconnected (of course), I could not think of what possible word she was actually saying. I told this to Ben last night (thankfully he too cracked up) and he finally came up with what she probably said – K as in kilo – kilo pronounced “killow”.
Anyway, someday, without a doubt, I will have to write a story called “K as in Pillow.”

6 comments:

carolyn said...

"killer" was going to be my guess... :)

teo said...

Oh man. Funny stuff.

I googled it. Ben's right. K as in Kilo. They'll do that...A as in Alpha, B as in Bravo, C as in Charlie, etc. It's radio-police-army-oficial speak so that letters aren't mis-heard.

Who knew that this info would be on "happychild.org"?

http://www.happychild.org.uk/ifs/00001pla.htm

smussyolay said...

and i'm demented because all i think of when i hear kilo is huge amounts of cocaine.

jackie said...

That reminds me of an episode of "Get a Life," where Chris Elliott was in a spelling bee, and the word he got was "pants". He says, "Pants. K-" and he gets disqualified. Brian Doyle-Murray starts yelling at him, "You idiot! There's no K in 'pants'!" Chris Elliott replies, "The K is silent!"

smussyolay said...

i love the word pants.

jackie said...

to smussyolay...

Hehe, pants. That's one of those words I can't help but smile when I say, like "pie" or "ham".