6 September 2020 – Amusements

An English professor announced to the class; “There are two words I don’t allow in my class. One is gross and the other is cool.”

From the back of the room a voice called out, “Yeah? So, what are the words?”


Our armoured car arrived earlier than usual, so my deposit wasn’t quite ready. As the young man waited patiently for me to secure the bag, I said, “Sorry to hold you up.”

“Delay, delay,” he corrected me. “We don’t use that other phrase.”


A British friend of mine once found himself at a dinner party sitting next to an attractive American woman. The conversation turned to cricket, and the woman asked my friend to explain the game.

He agreed and embarked on a lengthy explanation of the mysteries of “silly mid-on,” “fine-leg,” “googly,” “China man” and the like.

At the end he sat back, exhausted. The woman looked at him, shaking her head in wonderment, “That really is remarkable. And to think they do it all on horseback.”

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