My poor little girl sometimes has a sore throat from allergies. We're working on a long-term solution, but for immediate relief we put just a bit of tea tree oil on her neck.
Her mom had been doing it so when I did it for the first time I asked, "Do you just put it on straight?"
Before her mom could answer the little one said "No, she makes it into a zigzag."
Don't assume everyone in the room is using the same defintions.