We all fail to communicate things to each other on a daily basis. And you may think it comes down to cultural or personality differences, but it doesn't. Family members, couples, school friends, and colleagues fail to communicate their intentions as if they met yesterday.

So when you tell your sibling it’s OK to eat half of your grapes, don’t be surprised to find their other halves chilling in the fridge. Sometimes it’s intentional and results in "malicious compliance," other times it’s purely accidental.

Bored Panda has put up a compilation of the most absurd and hilarious incidents of people taking stuff too literally⁠. Maybe those who gave these instructions will watch their words next time—better clear than sorry!

#1

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

This Is Why My Kid Is Going Places

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

Hahaha love it.

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#2

Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture

Asked My Daughter To Lean Against The Pole For A Picture

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Dianna Siever
Community Member
7 months ago

I like her already

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#3

Best One Today

Best One Today

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

How else would one 'motivate' an answer?

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It’s no secret that some people communicate their thoughts and motives way better than others. But much of the miscommunication happens due to inability to express what we really want to say. So how do we make others understand us better? Well, there are some things we could work on.

First of all, think first and only then speak. According to Psych Central, before starting a conversation, you should ask yourself what its purpose is and make it clear to yourself. Only when you know what you want to say will the other person be able to get you.

#4

I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return

I Asked My Wife To Send Me Some Underwear Pictures, This Is What I Got In Return

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chi-wei shen
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7 months ago

You should be proud to have such a witty wife.

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#5

A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To “Cover Up” While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did

A Friend’s Daughter-In-Law Was Told To “Cover Up” While Feeding Her Baby, So She Did

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Well, I Tried
Community Member
7 months ago

Why was she asked to cover up? Stupid people. If you can't handle breast feeding, than just don't look

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#6

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

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Hans
Community Member
7 months ago

Save those birds!

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Another practical tip is to say less and mean more. Too many phrases, descriptive words, jargon, and clichés tend to take you further away from the point you’re communicating. Psych Central suggests that you “use active verbs and keep sentences short” to get “others to listen to you and actually absorb what you’re saying.”

No good communication has ever happened without listening. If you want to develop better understanding of others, you must be an active listener who focuses on the information you’re being told. Empathetic listening is also key in building closer relationships, making friends, and forming long-lasting connections.

#7

Name This Plant

Name This Plant

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

George is so generic, how about Tellulah.

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#8

Oh Susan

Oh Susan

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Nea
Community Member
7 months ago

The car insurance lady is still so polite, i would laugh

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#9

Told My 3 And 4-Year-Olds To Put The Toilet Paper Under The Sink. Must Be More Specific Next Time

Told My 3 And 4-Year-Olds To Put The Toilet Paper Under The Sink. Must Be More Specific Next Time

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Jody Brown
Community Member
7 months ago

Nice stash! Don't reveal your location.

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#10

My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As “Realistic As Possible”

My History Prof Wanted Us To Write A Paragraph From Any Historical Figure’s Point Of View And Urged Us To Be As “Realistic As Possible”

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Heather W
Community Member
7 months ago

I want to know what the professor thought of this and the grade received. It’s creative!

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#11

Asked For "Nothing" As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece

Asked For "Nothing" As Dessert On A Disney Cruise. Got This Masterpiece

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Tabitha L
Community Member
7 months ago

That nothing is something.

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#12

After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me

After A Huge Meal (Schweinshaxe) In Berlin I Asked For Just A Small Beer. This Is What The Waiter Brought Me

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Dee Hunter
Community Member
7 months ago

That was one of our go-to pranks whenever the customer behaved like a jerk. Hope this one was just the waiter having a laugh.

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#13

This Person, Who Took His Girlfriend To All The World-Class Cities Of Ohio

This Person, Who Took His Girlfriend To All The World-Class Cities Of Ohio

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KittyComics
Community Member
7 months ago

daaaaaamn.

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#14

I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store

I Asked My Wife To Pick Up Some Frozen Fruit At The Grocery Store

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Aidan Schirra
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh no! These are frozen 2!

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#15

This Girl Waiting Here

This Girl Waiting Here

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

Aw that's adorably compliant!

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#16

Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth

Anarchist Here. My Uncle And I Are Cut From Different Cloth

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

I love it!

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#17

My Wife's Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With

My Wife's Grandma Likes To Buy Us Snacks Whenever She Goes To The Store, So We Asked Her For Some Sour Cream And Onion Chips. We Were Amused By What She Came Back With

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Caged Beer
Community Member
7 months ago

Loving this Grandma!

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#18

Don't Hesitate When Telling David Your Name

Don't Hesitate When Telling David Your Name

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Raine Soo
Community Member
7 months ago

I really laughed at this one - for some reason.

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#19

Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: "As Much As You're Allowed To Give Me". I May Have Made A Mistake

Went Through The Taco Bell Drive-Thru With A Friend. When Asked If We Wanted Sauce, I Said: "As Much As You're Allowed To Give Me". I May Have Made A Mistake

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Heaven Lee
Community Member
7 months ago

That is like a years worth of sauce sachets.

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#20

My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth

My Wife, A Venezuelan Smart-Mouth

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Heaven Lee
Community Member
7 months ago

Who cares? I think most people including English speakers would understand that jajaja is the same as hahaha.

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#21

Not What I Meant, But Ok

Not What I Meant, But Ok

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Nea
Community Member
7 months ago

Cute conversation

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#22

Probably

Probably

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Evelína Zlá
Community Member
7 months ago

Am I the only one excited that her name is actually Sand(i)man(n)? Big Neil Gaiman fan here :)

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#23

Picture On The Credit Card

Picture On The Credit Card

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Hans
Community Member
7 months ago

This is excellent. Theft protection!

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#24

I'm Done

I'm Done

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Rose the Cook
Community Member
7 months ago

This reminds me of when a teacher told a migrant child who spoke little English to, "do a hundred lines", as punishment for some petty offence. The girl delivered a sheet of art paper with 100 straight lines ruled on it.

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#25

Spoons

Spoons

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

I have seen a few products where the designer/agency etc has written the description. Do they not have common sense?

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#26

When You Ask For A Golden Retriever For Your Birthday And Your Boyfriend Gets You This

When You Ask For A Golden Retriever For Your Birthday And Your Boyfriend Gets You This

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago

A giant eyelash curler?

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#27

I Asked My Brother To Take A Picture Of Me In Spain And This Was The Actual Picture He Thought Was Fine (P.S. I’m Not Wearing A Hat)

I Asked My Brother To Take A Picture Of Me In Spain And This Was The Actual Picture He Thought Was Fine (P.S. I’m Not Wearing A Hat)

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Jenna Lanham
Community Member
7 months ago

the man kind of looks like Anthony Hopkins "Hello, Clarice"

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#28

These Guys Always Have The Best Signs

These Guys Always Have The Best Signs

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Mollie Sue Coons
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7 months ago

Good job! Here's a raise!

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#29

Boss Said I Wasn’t Using Enough Wet Floor Signs While Mopping

Boss Said I Wasn’t Using Enough Wet Floor Signs While Mopping

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

You should put out a sign to warn people not to trip over the signs. Safety first ^-^

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#30

My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit

My Husband Asked Hardees To Put Extra Frosting On His Cinnamon Biscuit

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M Adams
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh, this is a win!

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#31

I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me

I Think My Barista Is Trolling Me

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Craig Lee
Community Member
7 months ago

Why would you have to say "With a Y"? You're waiting for them to call your name, if it's a common name, just use a random weird name or your full name.

Láďa Durchánek
Community Member
7 months ago

Agree, I used to be Bob when ordering anything in Australia. Although using my real name worked too because of the long pause in “Coffee for ... ?!?!?”

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Johnny Farnen
Community Member
7 months ago

This is why I always give my name as "Benevolent Warlord of the Screaming Wastes".

Nirity
Community Member
7 months ago

Brain did you mispelled your name again? And confused the barista too. You have to be ashamed. Btw, when I just say "My name Iva" (how it sounds) people write "Eva" when I point it out and write it down, they pronounce "Aiwa". So how do I tell this barista my name? All my fault is I was born slav and it's a standart way of writing and pronouncing for most parts of the world. Not UK or USA, Australia etc. for sure, which actually are nations with english as official language since they exist.

Patrick McKemie
Community Member
7 months ago

I always tell them my name is "I have gas"

Shelly Bowles
Community Member
7 months ago

It's so annoying to persistently have your name spelled wrong

Amy Mettlen
Community Member
7 months ago

They always called my husband, Michael, Michelle.

Minh Le
Community Member
7 months ago

They should have put Brainy

Minh Le
Community Member
7 months ago

Briany

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Willem Oostdyck
Community Member
7 months ago

the life of Bryan

Whatthedeuce?
Community Member
7 months ago

I tell them my name is Eileen Dover.

Mari Adkins
Community Member
7 months ago

i <3 it when i say "mary with an i" and get back "marywithani" ... what?

N S
Community Member
7 months ago

Funny that McDonalds manages fine without name tags but Starbucks obviously too thick.

Heather W
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s a marketing ploy. They believe it makes the customer feel like an individual and part of their “community”.

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Yvette Desmarais
Community Member
7 months ago

I give them my name. They ask how to spell it. I say however it sounds to you. It's too much effort to get people to spell my name right. And I don't care much.

Jayne Sargent
Community Member
7 months ago

Always be specific!

Kalo Kenderdine
Community Member
7 months ago

they do this intentionally so they get free promotion. it worked, you posted it and starbucks is now on peoples minds that scrolled past this

Ki Li
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah, I doubt the barista getting paid near minimum wage cares much about the promotion of Starbucks.

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1337
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh they do that a lot on Starbucks here in Sweden..

Eunice Bentley
Community Member
7 months ago

I use Wonder Woman, most of them don't call my name they just point at me and say here's your tea.

Terry Morrow
Community Member
7 months ago

That’s why we’ll they ask my name , I say it’s Rover . Only once in 10 years did the spell it wrong

Amanda Seida
Community Member
7 months ago

You got what you deserved Brian and Bryan is pronounced the same your just wasting their time

Seabeast
Community Member
7 months ago

Overworked barista with annoying customer ^^^

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#32

And You Even Can't Be Mad At Him

And You Even Can't Be Mad At Him

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

This is definitely something my brother would do, simply just to annoy me.

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#33

My Friends' Kid Asked For A 3DS For His Birthday

My Friends' Kid Asked For A 3DS For His Birthday

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Tabitha L
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7 months ago

I hope the kid got a real gift too.

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#34

I Told My Students To "Include The Word Count In Your Essays"

I Told My Students To "Include The Word Count In Your Essays"

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Foxxy (The Original)
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7 months ago

I would hate to be the teacher reading this, would do my head in.

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#35

Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows

Asked My Husband To Put The Pillowcases On The Pillows

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Full Name
Community Member
7 months ago

The time honoured classic "I'll screw this up so bad she'll get annoyed and just do it herself next time".

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#36

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

Was Worried About Privacy, So I Asked If They Could Put A Door Up To The Men's Change Room. Problem Solved

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Amanda Sherland
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7 months ago

Whoever numbered those lockers in the back like that.... sociopath.

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#37

Coffee Shop Compliance

Coffee Shop Compliance

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Camilla Gonzales
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

you did it all wrong you drew ON a sign you didn't make one yourself SMH edit: this is a joke, don't take this seriously lmao

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#38

Asked For A Small Frosty But In A Medium Cup "I Wasn't Sure, But Hope This Is What You Were Asking For"

Asked For A Small Frosty But In A Medium Cup "I Wasn't Sure, But Hope This Is What You Were Asking For"

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Why get a frosty in a medium cup if your ordering a small in the first place?

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#39

Taking Advantage Of A Poorly Worded Question On A Music History Test

Taking Advantage Of A Poorly Worded Question On A Music History Test

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Dee Hunter
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7 months ago

Though some call him the "inventor of jazz"

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#40

My Cousin's Friend Ordered A Chicken Burger And Asked For Mayo On The Top And Bottom, This Is What She Got

My Cousin's Friend Ordered A Chicken Burger And Asked For Mayo On The Top And Bottom, This Is What She Got

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
7 months ago

Surely this was done out of spite.

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