Sometimes, you tell someone something and your understanding is very different to their meaning.
Case in point: last night when my beautiful proudly bushy sideburns came up in conversation at home…
(I smile modestly)
THE LOVELY MELANIE: I meant they need trimming and… Sigh. I’ve said the wrong thing, haven’t I?
THE LOVELY MELANIE: They need trimming.
(I look at her pitifully)