I’m discussing the menu for my birthday party with Rosa. I’ve just shown her my sample menu and we’re adding and removing dishes. We aren’t sure if we’ll have too little or too much food. We decide to err on making too much, and I tell her, “pues, al menos tendremos los sobrevivientes,” – “well, at least we will have … survivors.”

In my brain, I was searching for the world for leftovers… sobra, sobra, sobra something. I can’t remember. Sobrevivientes sounds wrong, but she’ll correct me, right?

She laughs so hard she is almost crying. She can’t get the words out to tell me what I should have said.

I feel like an idiot, quickly pulling out my phone to look up the actual word for leftovers. Oh, it’s just “las sobras.”

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