A 1980s song from the group “Men at Work” mentions a Vegemite sandwich. Having no personal connections to Australia, from which the band hailed, I concluded the words were “bit of my” sandwich. It sounded correct to me and was the most logical interpretation I could come up with at the time.
There’s several quick reminders or lessons here:
- don’t assume
- our initial conclusions may be incorrect
- our ancestors might not have heard a clerk’s questions correctly
- the clerk may not have heard our ancestor’s answers correctly
- being unfamiliar with a culture or dialect may be what is causing our “problem”