My friend said casually, in an off hand way - Well, I'm doing a lot of BPOs.
I said, "You are doing a lot of WHAT's?"
He looked at me quizzically and repeated. "I'm doing a lot of BPO's"
"What's a BPO?" I asked, innocently enough.
The astonishment he felt was mixed in with the goodness of his character, but he still had a look of alarm, and a certain amount of disdain.
"You DON'T know what a BPO is?"
"No - I don't know what a BPO is. So - shoot me!"
He paused. He knew me as a joker, and maybe this was just one more example of the set-up, before the zinger.
I apparently was holding out pretty good.
He proceeded, ready for the quick interjection of "Just kidding! Of COURSE I know what a BPO is!"
But that burst accompanied by the short laugh didn't come.
"A BPO is when the bank asks you to do a mini appraisal."
But you still didn't say what a BPO WAS..."
"Oh, Broker Price Opinion."
"Broker Price Opinion? Why don't they call it a CMA?"
"Well, this is for the banks. That is what they call it."
" Broker Price Opinion. I have never heard of that."
"Really. I mean, honestly, you had NEVER heard of a Broker Price Opinion?"
"No. So color me STUPID!"
"No no no no! I'm not trying to put you down.
But really? You had NEVER heard of a Broker Price Opinion."
Thus - my introduction to the world of the BPO.
I got it. I got it! I got it!