By Anonymous - 22/09/2012 06:24 - United States
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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.
Go play in traffic
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" ;)
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. :(
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.
Pay more attention during conversations. If you think this is bad, your wrong this could have been way worse.
How could you not know that a positive result to a cancer test is bad?
Well now you know...it's a fairly common mistake with non-native speakers...sorry OP, hopefully you explained yourself and boss understood your mistake.
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.
How can you equate 'positive cancer results' as something good? He said the cancer is positive, not the news about his cancer... Try paying attention instead if just trying to kiss ass