Lesson #436: Don’t anticipate another person’s word and fill in the blank for them prematurely. You are bound to have guessed incorrectly. You are bound to have guessed something more negative than what s/he intended to say in the first place.
(Although I have been learning this lesson left and right lately, I can’t think of any real-life examples. So, enjoy my extreme examples instead.)
Jooji: “I got my haircut and I think I look…”
Lesson learner: “uglier?”
Jooji: “No, actually, I was going to say thinner.”
Screech: “I had this odd feeling about the villain in that movie…”
Lesson learner: “Oh, I bet you felt like you could relate to him, huh?”
Screech: “No, actually, he reminded me of the next door neighbor’s cat who nibbled up my pet mouse.”