Take heart, everyone. I’ve been here for 39 years and the other day I made the most dreadful clanger at a pharmacy in Granada, where I was having a few days holiday. I suppose my castellano is a bit rusty as I mostly speak Catalan and English, but in fact I could have made exactly the same howler in Catalan.
“Quiere decir, de cera,” said the pharmacist without turning a hair.
I felt such a fool. I’d asked for ear plugs made of steel instead of wax.