Yell At Me, OK?

I love words. I love the sound of certain words. I love the way words string together and mean so many different things. My husband calls me The Queen of Syntax. He complains that I get lost in semantics.

So, sue me. It’s my character flaw.

And I own it.

The other day my husband took a quick break from doing yard work and said to me, “I have Tai Chi class at 7pm. I’m not finished in the yard.Β  Could you yell at me at 6?”

Ummmmm. Sure.

At the appointed hour I stood on our back porch.

“Hey!” I yelled, “I’ve asked you a hundred times to put the suitcases in the basement! And your tools have been sitting on top of the dryer for a month! Put them away NOW, you slob!”

He doubled over in laughter.

(Oh no. WhatΒ will the neighbors think?)

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33 responses to “Yell At Me, OK?

  1. suzicate

    I am laughing so hard. Jane, that is freakin’ hilarious!

  2. I absolutely LOVE it. Thank you for such a great laugh this morning!
    πŸ™‚

  3. At least you GET each other. πŸ˜‰

  4. Now that is funny! How clever are you?

  5. Ahh…if only my husband would give me that kind of opening! πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the smile this morning, Jane!

  6. Brilliant! If I did that, my husband would think I was serious! Love that you laugh at–and with–each other. And the neighbors probably loved it. After your husband’s guffaw!

  7. Janelle

    Thanks for the morning chuckle…I needed that πŸ™‚

  8. You outdid yourself with this one. πŸ™‚

    WHOA, you’re worried about what the neighbors think? Aren’t you the one with the crazy, witness-protection oddball next door?

    Yell louder! πŸ™‚

  9. My favorite thing about this is that he knew EXACTLY what you were doing. The quirks of marriage can be just wonderful. Now, did he put away the suitcases?

  10. With your neighbors, I wouldn’t give a hoot!

  11. Hee hee!!!! My favorite as a teacher…”Can I go to the bathroom?” Me: “I don’t know. Can you?” πŸ™‚

  12. unabridgedgirl

    Bahahahah! THAT is great! So funny.

  13. What I want to know is, what was in those suitcases?? Looks like he is the king to your semantic queenliness. I love good matches. =>

  14. I LOVE IT!! I think that humor is everything in a marriage.
    And I adore words as well. I even list it as one of my interests on Facebook.

  15. LOL! That was great! Men are such literal creatures. I served him right for not clarifying exactly WHAT he wanted you to yell. πŸ™‚

  16. Hilarious. And gratifying that he laughed, too.

  17. My husband is good at this game. For instance, I know not to ask him to flip off the light or the TV!

  18. Glad he got it, or it could have turned into a big argument!

  19. I am so happy for you that you are married to a man who finds that funny. Awesome. And a great lesson in, “Say what you mean.”

  20. Steven Harris

    Some years ago I was telling a housemate about a possible trip to a neighbouring city I was planning on making. “I might want to come along,” he said, “So give me a shout if you decide to definitely go.”
    Now you know what’s coming, don’t you? Once I’d made up my mind about the trip I burst into his room and shouted at him. When he’d recovered from his near heart attack he said “What the hell you do that for?” “You told me to give you a shout,” I replied. We had a great day in the city, incidentally.

  21. Don’t worry about your neighbors. If they don’t like your yelling, they can just get in their spaceship and fly away.

  22. Ink

    Ok, you just made me laugh so hard that I snorted a little coffee out of my nose. Thanks! πŸ˜€

  23. I love it! I’ll have to do this if my husband ever tells me to yell at him … though I’m fairly certain that phrase will never come out of his mouth.

    Tipping my hat to you, fellow sister in semantics.

  24. That was absolutely brilliant. I wish I’d thought of that!

  25. Very clever! I like it.

  26. ck

    Love you, Jane. You are HILARIOUS!

  27. Oh how I love this! And how I love this. How we use words – and understand them – is so central to who we are – and, apparently, our sense of humor!

  28. I hope by doing this you actually managed to scare away the scary neighbors that you have! LOL

  29. Thanks so much for the chuckle, that was awesome! πŸ˜‰

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