Leo Rosten, the Yiddish maven, tells a story that goes like this:
Someone calls a law office and the receptionist answers "Smith, Smith, Smith, and Smith."
"Hello, may I please speak to Mr. Smith?" "I'm sorry, but Mr. Smith is in court."
"Well, then, can I speak to Mr. Smith?
"Sorry, Mr. Smith is out of town."
"How about connecting me ot Mr. Smith?"
"He won't be in until 1 PM."
Sigh. "Okay. I'll talk to Mr. Smith."