Today at work, a man called and asked if he could talk with one of our freelance writers.
Me: well, she isn't in our office, but can I take a message for you?
Man: don't you mean MAY I take a message for you?
Me (thinking to myself): well, actually now I really CAN't take your message because you've hurt my editorial pride and I am now useless for the rest of the day. Plus, I kinda think you are rude.
Me (out loud): Of course, I mean MAY I take a message for you?
Man: Well, no you cannot. I need to speak with her directly.
Me (thinking to myself): Don't you mean "no you MAY not?"
Me (out loud): Let me transfer you over to my managing editor and she CAN help you.