Two other countries separated by a common language

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 29 02:51:26 UTC 2007

An American has a handful of wallet-sized, plastic calendars given
away as a form of advertising by his bank.

The American, proffering a calendar to an Australian friend, speaks:

"Can you use one of these?"

The Australian, after pondering the American's question and briefly
examining the calendar, returns it and, answering the question with a
question, replies:

"You just look at it, don't you?"

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
                                              -Sam'l Clemens

The American Dialect Society -

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