Recently I've been trying to get a job.
One job I tried for required me to be a good speller. A lady rang me up and said, "I'd like you to do a quick spelling test on the phone. Are you ready?"
"OK, first word. You can write them down if you want. Parallel."
"P-A-R-A-L-L-E-L" I spelled.
"Fabulous!" she said enthusiastically.
Oh good, I thought. I passed word number one. But maybe word number two would be really tricky.
Then finally it clicked.
"Umm, was I supposed to spell 'Fabulous'? I mean, was that the next word?" I asked tentatively.
"Actually I said 'nebulous'," she said.
"Whoops, I mean, I thought you were saying fabulous, I mean that was a comment, I mean saying I was fabulous ..."
My voice trailed off. Maybe I wasn't Fabulous. Heck, perhaps I was Nebulous. And how DID you spell "Parallel", anyhow?
Well I'm glad the next word hadn't been "Loser" or "Unimpressive" because I think I might have dented my ego irreparably. As it was I fortunately got through the test, and fortunately there were not too many other words on it to take personally.