Here is an example of a conversation when Mommy (me) is only "half" listening. I was wrapping a present when George comes and begins a conversation...
I hear him say, "What kind of pants am I wearing?" He really said, "What kind of nuts are these?" while holding a can of nuts they received as part of a gift.
I answer, "Corduroy".
George says, "What do they look like?
I think to myself, "What do they look like? Are you suddenly blind?" I don't answer.
George continues on, "I don't think I am going to like the taste of these corduroys"
?!?!? Okay, time for me to pay a little attention and see a can of nuts in his hand. Laughingly I say, "No, those are pistachio nuts, NOT corduroys, those are your pants".