Here's a fun quote:
I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.What's fun about it, is Rubi and I recently heard a speaker use that quote to describe communications between wives and husbands (as in, the above quote is the way a woman feels about the way her husband hears her).
- attributed to Robert McCloskey
It's definitely true! We men often hear exactly what our wives say, but there's a difference between understanding the words, and understanding our wives.
Rubi says: "We should clean out the van soon."(This is a purely hypothetical situation, mind you.)
Kev hears: "We should clean out the van soon."
Rubi means: "You should go clean out the van now."
Rubi says: "The grass is getting tall."
Kev hears: "It's time to teach Elizabeth how to mow the lawn."
Rubi means: "Go mow the lawn."
Rubi says: "I'm getting hungry."
Kev hears: "Let's order pizza."
Rubi means: "Let's order pizza."
Maybe sometimes we do understand.