Words can be mangled, misused, or misunderstood. What is your funniest example of mangling, misuse, or misunderstanding?
As a child, I was fond of using big words--even if I only thought I knew what they meant. Once I referred to someone as a 'big business raccoon'. My parents screamed with laughter because, of course, I meant a 'big business tycoon'.
As a teacher, my business was words--and, hopefully, to teach my students to spell them. Once my youngest son happened to glance over my shoulder while I was grading spelling papers. "What's that word?" he asked, pointing. "Gro(w) ups?" I gently informed him that the word, spelled correctly, was 'groups'. He stalked off without replying.