Mist

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“It’s fog.”

“What do you mean, it is fog? I can see it is fog.”

“You said mist. It isn’t mist, it’s fog. In common parlance, mist implies visibility of more than a kilometre. Less than that it’s fog. And this is fog.”

“I am not stupid, you know!”

“I didn’t say you were. I simply implied that you were mistaken. Get it? Mist taken, hahaha.”

“When I said mist, I was not defining or describing the weather, I was commenting on it.”

“What – missed? How is that a comment on the weather. That just means you didn’t make your target, or you haven’t seen someone for a while.”

“Not missed, mist. Em eye ess tee. Mist.”

“Okay, and I’m saying fog. Eff oh gee. Fog.”

“I think I see where you are going wrong, James.”

“Me? Going wrong? You do know I’m a genius, don’t you? IQ north of 140. I don’t do going wrong.”

“You assumed I was speaking English, my friend.”

“You mean—”

“When you were in my country, you spoke to me in my language, but when you hurt your toe you swore in English, didn’t you?”

“And so when you said mist, you were speaking…”

“Yes. I was speaking in German.”


This was written in response to Kreative Kue 268 published on this site.

8 thoughts on “Mist

    1. Back in 1961 or thereabouts, a friend of mine had a German exchange student staying with him (sadly, my parents couldn’t manage the costs involved). He took the lad fishing and Ewen, my friend, failed to net whatever he’d caught. “Missed,” he said. His guest replied, ” We say that also. ” That’s the inspiration for this piece.

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