Two other countries separated by a common language

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Sep 29 07:04:52 UTC 2007

I have heard that in England questions such as "Do you know where the
subway station is?" are considered yes/no. Is this the same issue? BB

Wilson Gray wrote:
> 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?"

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