We've all had them, right? I'll give you a prime example.
My daughter came into my office last night(or technically 3:30am) and said, "Why are you up so late?"
"I'm reading a blog and a few of these agents are hilarious. But now I'm worried no agents will want my book."
Her response? "Why wouldn't Asians want your book?"
"Agents, sweetie. Agents."
I doubt I'm the pillar of social etiquette anyway (which will shock none of you, I'm sure), but I've got a bad habit of trying to assume what someone said if I didn't understand them. I would rather take my chances of deducing what was most likely said rather than ask a person to repeat themselves.
This, as anyone could predict, leads to an occasional misunderstanding. I tend to assume towards the positive end of the scale so it's not like I get angry. I just know there've been many conversations in my life when I didn't have a clue what the other person was talking about because I'd missed the most pivotal word and was too embarrassed to stop them and say, 'Wait, what word did you say there?'
Am I alone in this? It is just another quirky thing about me I should have kept to myself? I have little doubt.