One of the most rewarding jobs I ever had was as an English as a Second Language tutor, and I’d love to share a story.
One day one of my students was reading a book and asked what a particular word was. It was gorgeous. She said “Doesn’t that mean ugly or disgusting?”
Confused, I explained what it actually meant, that its synonyms were beautiful or very pretty. Her face got all red and she started stammering.
She explained that a few weeks ago a guy had said “Your eyes are gorgeous” She had some sort of condition where one of her eyes was pale blue and cloudy, while the other was brown, so she assumed that he was insulting her.
She got really embarassed and upset and, not wanting to make a scene, just shuffled away with their head down.
She was so embarrassed that she made that misake, but to me I was just happy that I was able to tell her that that guy wasn’t insulting her and was instead giving her a really nice compliment. It was one of those moments that really made me love my job.