For my husband and I, English is the second language. He was on a phone with someone when he said "come again?" because he couldn't hear them. This was first time I heard this phrase and all I could think of was something entirely different and inappropriate, that made me giggle. I laughed about it and said it jokingly to him again. He didn't find it funny though.
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