A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
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—adj. Showy but flimsy and worthless. —n. Showy ornament; knick-knack. [origin unknown]
—adv. In a careful or cautious manner. —adj. Showing great care or caution. [perhaps from french gensor delicate]
n. Colloq. - unintentional revelation.
- thing given as a gift or at a low price. GLADSOME
adj. Poet. Cheerful, joyous.
n.pl. Contagious disease of horses. [french glandre: related to *gland]
n. (in the former soviet union) policy of more open government and access to information. [russian, = openness]
n. Eye-condition with increased pressure in the eyeball and gradual loss of sight. glaucomatous adj. [greek glaukos greyish blue]
—n. - controlled slide down a snow slope in mountaineering.
- gliding step in ballet. —v. (-ding) perform a glissade. [french] GLOAMING
n. Scot. Or poet. Twilight. [old english]
adj. - globe-shaped.
- composed of globules.
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Every night, wasps bite into the stem of a plant, lock their mandibles (jaws) into position, stretch out at right angles to the stem, and, with legs dangling, fall asleep.