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A rare glimpse at my day job.

Client: I don’t understand this question about the snack nuts.
Wendy: Well, nuts are classified four ways. Nuts in cans, nuts in jars, nuts in bags and unshelled.
Client: What does ‘unshelled’ mean? Out of the shell?
Wendy: Um…. no, actually in the shell. Like pistachios.
Client: Well, if it’s a nut, you’d eat it as a snack, right?
Wendy: That’s the question. It would almost seem as though nuts in a bag would be baking ingredients…. like raw walnuts.
Client: In the shell?
Wendy: No, out of the shell.
Client: Then what’s the difference between that and unshelled?
Wendy: These are shelled.
Client: So they’re in the shell.
Wendy: No, they’re out of the shell. Unshelled means that they’re in the shell.
Client: That’s… um… yeah.
Wendy: It’s kind of reverse psychology. Like ‘unfrozen’.
Client: So I would think that snack nuts would be everything but the shelled stuff.
Wendy: Even the raw nuts?
Client: Well…er…no. So just canned and unshelled.
Wendy: Wait… unshelled is a snack now?
Client: No… just….whatever you said.
Wendy: Canned and jars then?
Client: Is that what you think it should be?
Wendy: Cans and jars. That’s snacky.
Client: I’m getting hungry now… for anything but nuts.
Wendy: You’re unhungry?
Client: Why don’t they just call it \”In the Shell\”
Wendy: Because the English language is a funny thing.
Client: Isn’t \”in the shell\” English?
Wendy: I think nuts are classified by the people who write the IRS code.
Client: That makes perfect sense, actually.
Wendy: I try.