As some of you have noticed, we live in Costa Rica, no, it isn't an island. Anyway, everyone speaks Spanish and so do we - with varying degrees of success.
We raise trees, so we are very knowledgable regarding tropical woods. I can recognize many types from the wood itself.
We were in a restaraunt last week and saw some very interesting tables, as usual, we got interested in what kind of wood it was. We thought it might it might be Cenizero, a very pretty wood and looks a lot like Guanacaste. So, my wife pointed at the table and said "Cenizero?" at which point the waiter ran over and got a ashtray. Ashtray = cenicero, the wood, cenizero. The z and the c are pronounced the same here. We all had a good laugh after we sorted it all out.
After the waiter left, I turned to my wife and said, "It is a good thing that we didn't think it was Gallinazo." I could imagine the panic that would cause if we point at the table and said "Chicken droppings?"