It’s easy to forget sometimes that subcultures develop their own highly involved and specialized vocabulary sometimes. For example, I’m involved in a number of different subcultures (the LDS church, the art scene and gamerdom, for example) that each tend to speak in ways that are unintelligible to outsiders.
My wife reminded me of this fact today. She was looking over my LJ and stumbled over this thread, which as a non-gamer she found completely incomprehensible. Quoth she: “by the way, i don’t believe you and Andrew were actually speaking English for any of that.” That was a small part of her commentary to me over Y!M, but you get the gist.
Has anybody else here had any moments where the linguistic disconnect with less geeky/more normal/whatever people led to amusing incidents?