As I've mentioned, my new job involves heading out to county courthouses to gather information for the newspaper. I'm on pretty good terms with all the nice ladies I work with (they're all ladies, for whatever reason, I haven't seen a single man employed in any of the court offices beyond judges)...heck I've taken them treats at Christmas time, but some of them are...well.
This particular lady is usually working right behind me, so she likes to comment on my habit of using a different pen color every week (helps me keep my files straight) or other little writing habits, so this wasn't unusual at first. I write all my notes on paper, because I don't want to risk losing my files and having to make the trip all over again (it's a lot of driving), so I've developed a shorthand to be able to get it all down quickly.
Me: -sitting at a desk, writing something. After spending a minute staring at some weirdness in the file, puts two check marks next to it-
Her: Oh, what do those mean?
Me: That's my shorthand symbol so that I know to double-check this when I get it home.
There's about a 20-second pause. Finally...
Her: OHHH! I get it! A DOUBLE check! Oh my God, that's hilarious!
Me: ...you're not an elected
official, are you?
Her: Oh, no. Why do you ask?
Me: ...just curious.