The doctor explained to Jenkins that he had a serious ailment for which an operation was absolutely imperative.
The patient turned pale and asked, "Isn’t it very dangerous?"
"Yes," the doctor replied. "Five out of six who undergo this operation die, but as for you, you have nothing to worry about."
"Why not?" eagerly inquired the patient.
"Well, you’re sure to recover because my last five patients died," the doctor reassured him.
commentary n. Verbal description of an esp. Sporting event.
- knot n. Knot that slips along a rope etc. To allow tightening etc.
- mate n. Us 1 candidate for vice-president etc.
- horse intended to set the pace for another horse in a race.
- repairs n.pl. Minor or temporary repairs etc.
- sore n. Suppurating sore; festering situation etc.
- water n. Flowing water, esp. On tap.
- —n. - action of runners in a race etc.
- way a race etc. Proceeds. —adj. - continuous (running battle).
- consecutive (three days running).
- done with a run (running jump). in (or out of) the running (of a competitor) with a good (or poor) chance of success. Make (or take up) the running take the lead; set the pace. Take a running jump (esp. As int.) Slang go away.
—n. - breaking; breach.
- breach in a relationship; disagreement and parting.
- abdominal hernia. —v. (-ring) 1 burst (a cell or membrane etc.).
- sever (a connection).
- affect with or suffer a hernia. [latin rumpo rupt- break]
roulette n. Firing of a revolver, with one chamber loaded, at one's head, after spinning the chamber.
- salad n. Salad of mixed diced vegetables with mayonnaise.
- —n. - a native or national of russia or (loosely) the former soviet union. B person of russian descent.
- language of russia. —adj. - of russia or (loosely) the former soviet union or its people.
- of or in russian.
n. Person who frequents horse-races.
n. Extortionate rent.
n. - device for heating a room etc., consisting of a metal case through which hot water or steam circulates.
- engine-cooling device in a motor vehicle or aircraft.
n. Pass entitling the holder to reduced rail fares.
n. Good-humoured ridicule. [french raillerie: related to *rail2]
Crocodiles and alligators are surprisingly fast on land. Although they are rapid, they are not agile; so if you ever find yourself chased by one, run in a zigzag line. You"ll lose him or her every time.