She was telling me to wait on the phone: "I will regulate the darkness." She meant: "I need to adjust the light." He was telling me why he had to see an ex-girlfriend again, after a bad break-up: "I have to see her because I left my clock at her apartment." I actually replied: "Why not get a new one? It can't be that expensive!" He meant: He had left his watch. He was telling me about how he expressed his vacation preferences to his wife: "I told her to fly away."