The door was wide open.
Engineer: the door was open as much as possible
Non-Engineer: the door was open, if only a little bit
The recycling bin was full of water.
Engineer: full to overflowing, everything in the container is submerged
Non-Engineer: there is some water in the bin
Your pants are covered with mud.
Engineer: mud is on almost every square inch of the pants
Non-Engineer: there is mud right there, that splash
Who am I? Sadly I'm the engineering type. That means I go into panic when I hear these statements... but thank goodness the door was only barely open, the recycling bin just had a few inches of water, and there was almost no mud on my pants!