Sometimes the difference in culture between the UK and the USA rears its ugly, and usually amusing, head. Today was one of those times.
At work we have some internal instant messaging software which is great for employees to communicate when they:
A) Can’t call.
B) Won’t call.
C) Have the social skills of a gibbon with its scrotum in a jar of fire ants.
As my department is like a central hub for any questions or issues from our call centre, we get a lot of instant messages to help out with all kinds of weird and wonderful situations.
Here is a conversation I literally just had:
Fran: Hi, I need some help
Me: Hey Fran, it’s Daniel, your favorite Brit 😉
Fran: Hey Daniel! How’s it going?
Me: Pretty good. Busy! So what’s up?
(For security reasons, this part of the conversation is omitted as it’s work related. Needless to say, I fixed the problem like a boss!)
Fran: Great! Thanks.
Me: No problem 😉
Fran: Have a great day!
Me: You have a great day too 🙂
Now, she meant to imply that she magically and dramatically vanished from the conversation in a puff of smoke, like a genie….or Batman.
To me she ended that conversation with ‘Faggot‘.
I laughed like a drain for at least a minute, solidly.
It was one of the funniest insults I’ve received since living in America, particularly because it was unintentional and from a person who wouldn’t even say boo to a goose (with or without their nuts in a jar of fire ants).