This happened yesterday when I went for a routine medical at my GP’s:
Me: I’ve got an appointment to see Nurse at 12 o’clock.
Receptionist: Have you bought a urine sample?
At that point I was really tempted to say, ‘No, I made my own,’ with a smile but thought it would have been condescending or pedantic…and I’m not like that.
I used to have problems with’ brought’ and ‘bought’ myself until I saw a simple sign in a school where I was doing a charity presentation. It read:
If you bring it, you brought it – if you buy it, you bought it.
Whoever invented those two words could have been a little more creative and not chosen words that sound similar, for the benefit of illiterate people such as myself and the receptionist.