When a dodgy phone line really is a problem.

I was talking to a friend on the phone today. I was in Melbourne, he in Auckland. The line wasn’t great. Not so bad that you couldn’t understand each other, but bad enough that bits of words kept getting missed.

This isn’t normally a problem, because in the same way that you can read something remarkably well even when there are letters missing or in the wrong order (you must have been sent the email with that in it?) you can also hear pretty well as long as you can pick up the key sounds.

But sometimes you really need to get the whole word. Like when you’re talking about a senior industry figure, and you’re explaining to your friend that said senior industry figure twice offered you a job.

What you actually say is “yeah I know [insert name here]. He tried to recruit me twice.”  But because the phone line’s not entirely clear and bits of words are dropping out, what your friend hears is “yeah I know [insert name here]. He tried to root me twice.”

That led to an uncomfortable silence.

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When a dodgy phone line really is a problem.

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