Saturday, November 01, 2008

Just Funny to Me

We have a next door neighbor named Josh, dad of Caleb, who is also a school teacher. He is very very nice and seems rather mild mannered. I like him. But he's not handy. And that's okay. However, it does offer me fodder like this, so it really benefits me. He asked Timm if he had an 'electric screwdriver.' The first time he asked me I was dumbfounded. What's an electric screwdriver? Why would you use that? How lazy are you? You can't just turn the screwdriver with your own grit and muscle?
What he was actually referring to was a drill! Ah. Okay, that makes more sense than the tool I imagined which was akin to an electric knife, which incidentally always seemed like the perfect marriage of laziness and gadgetry.
What's even funnier than the verbiage is the personal offense Timm takes to the misnomer. He is offended to hear his drill, (which he reminded me is a nice DeWalt drill) slandered and reduced to something you would find on QVC and takes AA batteries. He tries to pointedly refer to it by it's proper name so that he will catch on, but Josh likes the diminuative term, 'electric screwdriver.'

5 comments:

michelle said...

In Josh's defense, the drill can be fitted with screwdriver tips and therefore can be used as an "electric screwdriver". I'm just saying.

Timm said...

Yes, Michelle, you are correct that the drill can drive screws, but electric screwdriver refers to a completely different tool that actually exists.

This is akin to calling a huge cruise ship a boat. Well, technically it is a boat, but the term boat just doesn't quite cover a floating city with pools, casinos and hotels.

I love my cruise ship.

Jill said...

That's so funny! Timm's offense is endearing and amusing.

Diana said...

that's so funny.

Denise said...

Timm, you are too funny! Love you!

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