My boss and I speak different languages.
He's the first to admit that half the time, he doesn't understand a word I say. Recently, he has adopted the habit of stopping me before I can say anything when he approaches me.
"I'm going to ask you a simple question," he'll say, "and I want a simple answer in one sentence."
He'll think for a moment, choosing his words with visible effort to simplify his question to the point where I couldn't possibly turn it into something more complicated. Then he'll ask me something like,...