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Honestly I can understand this mistake. Positive can also mean good, not just that you have it. He probably thought he meant that his cancer tests were good, not that he was diagnosed. You should get fired for wishing bad things on others for simple misunderstandings.

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Okay I'm sorry but when I saw this FML, I swear, a few of my brain cells died. I didn't know somebody could be this stupid, but I understand why OP thought it was a good thing. Kind of.

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Holy shit, it's a misunderstanding you barbaric imbecile. Similar to how you don't understand that it's not okay to tell someone to get hit by a car because they were trying to be pleasant but messed it up. FYL, OP, and FYBossesL

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I think we can all agree that cancer is a bad thing. However, I was on everyone else's side until I read some of the comments. I was like "how could someone think this was a good thing?" Now I see how this could come across as a mistake. I will also be adding this to my book of "Educational Experiences on FML" ;)

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63- Except that where a positive pregnancy test means you're having a baby, wouldn't that logic carry over to a positive cancer test meaning you're having cancer? :p Positive doesn't always mean Good over Bad really. It more often than not means Yes over No, unfortunately. :(

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85- I do know that positive or negative means yes or no. Testing for steroids, pregnancy, drugs, etc. however, this isn't a matter of yes or no, it's a matter of interpreting the connotation carried by the word.

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But the test was still positive as in yes you are having a baby so with that same logic you just used then when OPs boss said my cancer results came back positive then the logical assumption then is to think that means they came back saying yes he does have cancer.

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#2 it was an honest misunderstanding. OP thought his boss meant positive as in no cancer. Think a little. Nice to know what dickheads you all are bashing OP though

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positive can be good or bad depending on your situation. for example, it's not always a good or happy thing that you're having a baby because maybe the soon-to-be-mom is only 15. or as said earlier, it can be good. it just depends on your situation.

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He had a misunderstanding of what the word meant, one explanation is that it's not his first language, you're assuming he has a full understanding of the language and just misunderstood the uses.

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Yeah, but OP would have sufficient English to hold a job, so why can't he/she understand what being positive to cancer means? I'm under 18 and I know what it means, even with English being my second language.

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I couldn't bring myself to make any punny comments on this one. Unfortunately, I bet everyone on here knows someone who has been lost to cancer. It's no laughing matter and your boss is in all of our thoughts and prayers.

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#123, I'm thumbing myself down because I remembered a similar confusion. In accounting class, I took forever to get that a debit is good and a credit is bad. (Good thing I'm not an accountant.)

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