I was cooking bacon on the stove and the smoke was accumulating. Our smoke detector is sensitive and LOUD. I opened the windows to try to clear the air before the smoke built up too much. My seven year old son, doing his best to avoid his spelling homework at the kitchen table, asked why I opened the windows.
"There's some smoke in here from the bacon. I don't want the smoke detector to go off." I explained.
"Rignt. It's really loud."
"You mean 'go on'. When it's 'off', it's quiet."
I didn't even try to give him my "remember that English is a complicated language" excuse.
Then he added. "Gee Mom, you're messed up in the head."