Moooooog's hilarious posts about the notes his wife receives from the parents of her students made me remember a great story of my aunt's from when she worked in the Arlington, Virginia, school system.
For many years, my aunt worked for a high school where there were something like 40 different languages and dialects spoken and many kids and their parents spoke English as a second language. It was a wonderfully diverse school, yet with the diversity came some communication challenges.
Like the one day when a person who spoke English as a second language called the school secretary and said urgently:
"No fuck today."
And of course, because she was the employee at a high school and therefore, no stranger to prank phone calls, she simply hung up the phone and went about her business.
The phone rang again. It was the same voice...yet this time, it had a slightly more urgent tone:
"No fuck today!"
And again, the secretary hung up. This time, grumbling about the prank caller.
The phone rang a third time. This time, the voice screamed,
"No Phuc today. He sick."