A: Oh, dear. I think there’s been a misunderstanding.
B: What happened?
A: I belong to a social media chat group with some colleagues. Last week, I asked whether anybody would be able to fill in for me today if I needed to take the day off, and one of my colleagues said she would be willing to help out.
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B: That was nice of her. So what’s the problem?
A: I just assumed that she was going to go into the office. Apparently, she had been waiting for me to confirm. She hasn’t gone in. She’s at the beach.
B: Well, you shouldn’t have assumed. You’d better get on the phone and see if anyone else can help at this short notice.
（Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱譯）
“I think there’s been a misunderstanding.”
This is an indirect way of admitting to having made a mistake, otherwise known as a screw-up, without actually apportioning blame to yourself.
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