Technical Difficulty

FROM THE MEDICAL OFFICE where I was a secretary, I called the hospital X-ray department to get a patient's test results. The technician began to read a lengthy, detailed report.

With the doctor standing beside me, anxious for his patient's diagnosis, I interrupted the technician and said,"Please, just give me the bottom line."

She cheerfully obliged by reading,"Thank you for referring your patient."

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I think the secret of the above story is in the ITAlIC sentences.

Could you tell me the secret? Thanks.

Give me the bottom line - meaning 'tell me the bad news'.

The technician responded by reading out the bottom (last) line of the report.

And the bottom line of that report is also funny...It had no relation to patient's diagnosis at all, sounds like words said to a trading partner.
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Technical Difficulty

FROM THE MEDICAL OFFICE where I was a secretary, I called the hospital X-ray department to get a patient's test results. The technician began to read a lengthy, detailed report.

With the doctor standing beside me, anxious for his patient's diagnosis, I interrupted the technician and said,"Please, just give me the bottom line."

She cheerfully obliged by reading,"Thank you for referring your patient."

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I think the secret of the above story is in the ITAlIC sentences.

Could you tell me the secret? Thanks.



Now I got it.

It's kind of pun, right?

The secretary want the technician to get to a quick conclusion, I mean, a main point quickly, but the technician took what she said litarally.

So the techinician read the last line, or the bottom line, right?

Thanks all of you^^.

(I also attached the meaning and the example sentences of the bottom line.)

The bottom line means 'the main fact about a situation, that must be accepted and cannot be changed or avoided.'

eg 1. Most people want to work in a place where they feel valued. That's the bottom line.

eg 2. The bottom line is, he's gone and he's not coming back.