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?"
—v. - combine or put together (two or more substances or things) so that the constituents of each are diffused among those of the other(s).
- prepare (a compound, cocktail, etc.) By combining the ingredients.
- combine (activities etc.) (mix business and pleasure).
- a join, be mixed, or combine, esp. Readily (oil and water will not mix). B be compatible. C be sociable (must learn to mix).
- a (foll. By with) (of a person) be harmonious or sociable with; have regular dealings with. B (foll. By in) participate in.
- drink different kinds of (alcoholic liquor) in close succession.
- combine (two or more sound signals) into one. —n. - a mixing; mixture. B proportion of materials in a mixture.
- ingredients prepared commercially for making a cake, concrete, etc. be mixed up in (or with) be involved in or with (esp. Something undesirable). Mix it colloq. Start fighting. Mix up 1 mix thoroughly.
- confuse. [back-formation from *mixed]
abbr. (pl. -s) madame.
n. (pl. -s) extinct flightless new zealand bird resembling the ostrich. [maori]
—n. - disorderly crowd; rabble.
- (prec. By the) usu. Derog. The populace.
- colloq. Gang; group. —v. (-bb-) crowd round in order to attack or admire. [latin mobile vulgus excitable crowd]
abbr. Ministry of defence.
- colloq. —adj. Modern. —n. Young person (esp. In the 1960s) of a group known for its smart modern dress. [abbreviation]
- cons n.pl. Modern conveniences.
n. (also moggie) slang cat. [originally a dial. Word]
n. Us colloq. Mother. [abbreviation of *momma]
—n. (pl. -s) cry of cattle. —v. (moos, mooed) make this sound. [imitative]
—n. - bundle of yarn or cloth or a sponge on the end of a stick, for cleaning floors etc.
- similarly-shaped implement for various purposes.
- thick mass of hair.
- mopping or being mopped (gave it a mop). —v. (-pp-) 1 wipe or clean with or as with a mop.
- a wipe tears or sweat etc. From (one's face etc.). B wipe away (tears etc.). mop up 1 wipe up with or as with a mop.
- colloq. Absorb.
- dispatch; make an end of.
- a complete the occupation of (a district etc.) By capturing or killing enemy troops left there. B capture or kill (stragglers). [origin uncertain]