The more I talked the more they'd snicker. Some would actually squirm a little, the further I got into the lecture. I kept smiling at them and kept my enthusiasm up and then finally ended the lecture. On the way out, one of the men approached me somewhat timidly, but then finally smiling.
I felt shamelessly flattered.
Until he went on:
"But....I THINK the expression you MEANT to say was "GUNG HO", right?
He laughs his ass off all the way out the door.
No one else said a word.
The trauma has caused me to continually gain weight again.