Eric: wow, you got a lot cut off.
Me: What do you think? <ruffling my new short do>
Eric: It's ok. Not the worst of the series, but not the best.
Me: <crestfallen> really?
Thoughts flash thru my mind at warp speed. How can it be a series when I only get my hair cut every six months? Eric hates my hair! I didn't think this was a bad haircut. Am I going to have to shave my head?
And then it dawns on me that when he said "series", he wasn't talking about a progressively bad series of haircuts; he was talking about something entirely different--the book he just picked up at the library. That's how rapidly subjects change in our household.