Back in my college days, I used to teach English to upper class students in my non-English speaking country. This particular client came to me, after being fired by numerous other teachers who I knew.
She was one of those people who think being rich makes you superior in every way. One of the things she was particularly proud of was how much her family traveled. Even so, her level of English was very basic, as in, she couldn’t make a sentence like “It’s an apple.”
This exchange was in the local language, of course.
Client: What does this word here mean?
Me: “Right?” Well, in this context, it means “correct.”
Client: No, I’ve heard it means something else. What else does it mean?
Me: It can also mean right as in, opposite of left, and sometimes it can also mean something like good, proper, etc.
Client: No, that’s not it. I travel a lot and I’ve definitely heard people use it in a different way.
I wonder how, given she could barely understand like five English words during our classes.
Client: What else?
Me: As a noun, it can also mean…
I gave her a short list.
Client: That’s still not it. That’s not how foreigners use it.
She then proceeded to look it up in the dictionary right in front of me to make sure I wasn’t lying.
Client: I can’t find it right now but I’m sure you’re wrong; I’ve heard foreigners use it in a very different way.
I didn’t last much longer than that.