I work at a place where this was an actual, albeit unproductive, exchange on our internal chat network.

[11:30 AM] Coworker: Anyone have any idea what this guy might be talking about?

[11:49 AM] Web Webster: It would appear he’s indicating the quantity of peas that have been loaded into a tube whose primary use is somehow related to a telephone or similar device.  Were he to have said “the phones”, one might logically assume he was indicating instead a set of headphones, which are often colloquially referred to as “phones”. The spellings are similar, but the meanings, both connoted and denoted, couldn’t be more dissimilar. Sorry. I was up too late last night reading David Foster Wallace.

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