A boy is about to go on his first date, and is nervous about what to talk about. He asks his father for advice.
The father replies, "My son, there are three subjects that always work. These are food, family, and philosophy."
The boy picks up his date and they go to a soda fountain. Ice cream sodas in front of them, they stare at each other for a long time, as the boy"s nervousness builds.
He remembers his father"s advice, and chooses the first topic.
He asks the girl, "Do you like spinach?"
She says "No," and the silence returns.
After a few more uncomfortable minutes, the boy thinks of his father"s suggestion and turns to the second item on the list. He asks, "Do you have a brother?" Again, the girl says "No" and there is silence once again.
The boy then plays his last card. He thinks of his father"s advice and asks the girl the following question: "If you had a brother, would he like spinach?"
n. - condensed water vapour forming on cool surfaces at night.
- similar glistening moisture. dewy adj. (-ier, -iest). [old english]
- point n. Temperature at which dew forms.
abbr. Distinguished flying cross.
abbr. Distinguished flying medal.
- prefix (also di- before a vowel) 1 through (diaphanous).
- apart (diacritical).
- across (diameter). [greek dia through]
past of *do1.
v. (dies, died, dying) 1 cease to live; expire, lose vital force.
- a come to an end, fade away (his interest died). B cease to function. C (of a flame) go out.
- (foll. By on) die or cease to function while in the presence or charge of (a person).
- (usu. Foll. By of, from, with) be exhausted or tormented (nearly died of boredom). be dying (foll. By for, or to + infin.) Wish for longingly or intently (was dying for a drink). Die away fade to the point of extinction. Die back (of a plant) decay from the tip towards the root. Die down become fainter or weaker. Die hard die reluctantly (old habits die hard). Die off die one after another. Die out become extinct, cease to exist. [old norse]
- n. - = *dice 1b.
- (pl. Dies) a engraved device for stamping coins, medals, etc. B device for stamping, cutting, or moulding material. the die is cast an irrevocable step has been taken. [latin datum from do give]
prefix = *dis-.
—v. (-gg-; past and past part. Dug) 1 (also absol.) Break up and remove or turn over (ground etc.).
- (foll. By up) break up the soil of (fallow land).
- make (a hole, tunnel, etc.) By digging.
- (often foll. By up, out) a obtain by digging. B (foll. By up, out) find or discover. C (foll. By into) search for information in (a book etc.).