C’est un dialogue de sourds.
say uh dee-ah-lug duh SOOR. Click below to hear this.*
It’s a dialogue of the deaf.
And what exactly is un dialogue de sourds?
We’ve all participated in such a conversation, or witnessed one. It’s one of those conversations where both (or all) parties are talking past each other, and no one is listening to anyone else. It’s not really a dialogue or an exchange, because each person is essentially talking to himself or herself.
Stand-up comedians and playwrights often make use of misunderstandings of the “I think he’s going by train-Of course it’s going to rain” variety, to great effect. But in the real-life world of the hearing-impaired, such occurrences may be frustrating and even heartbreaking.
Tomorrow: the worst-case scenario.
*Some mobile phones, such as Blackberries, won’t display the audio player. If no player appears, here’s an alternative link to the audio file: