A young boy was playing with a ball in the street. He kicked it too hard, and it broke the window of a house and fell inside. A lady came to the window with the ball and shouted at the young boy, so he ran away, but he still wanted his ball back.
A few minutes later he returned and knocked at the door of the house, and when the lady answered it, he said, "My father"s going to come and fix your window very soon."
After a few more minutes a man came to the door with tools in his hand, so the lady let the boy take his ball away.
When the man finished fixing the window, he said to the lady, "That will cost you exactly ten dollars."
"But aren"t you the father of that young boy?" the woman asked, looking surprised.
"No," he answered, equally surprised. "Aren"t you his mother? "
v. (-ring) insure again (esp. Of an insurer transferring risk to another insurer). reinsurance n.
v. Invest again (esp. Proceeds or interest). reinvestment n.
v. (-ling) kindle again.
n. - a the way in which one person or thing is related or connected to another. B connection, correspondence, contrast, or feeling prevailing between persons or things (bears no relation to the facts; enjoyed good relations for many years).
- (in pl.) A (foll.
atomic mass n. The ratio of the average mass of one atom of an element to one-twelfth of the mass of an atom of carbon-12.
- density n. The ratio between the mass of a substance and that of the same volume of a substance used as a standard (usu. Water or air).
- molecular mass n. The ratio of the average mass of one molecule of an element or compound to one-twelfth of the mass of an atom of carbon-12.
- —adj. - considered in relation to something else (relative velocity).
- (foll. By to) proportioned to (something else) (growth is relative to input).
- implying comparison or contextual relation (‘heat’ is a relative word).
- comparative (their relative merits).
- having mutual relations; corresponding in some way; related to each other.
- (foll. By to) having reference or relating to (the facts relative to the issue).
- gram. A (of a word, esp. A pronoun) referring to an expressed or implied antecedent and attaching a subordinate clause to it, e.g. Which, who. B (of a clause) attached to an antecedent by a relative word. —n. - person connected by blood or marriage.
- species related to another by common origin.
- gram. Relative word, esp. A pronoun. relatively adv. [latin: related to *refer]
v. (-ting) 1 consign or dismiss to an inferior position.
- transfer (a sports team) to a lower division of a league etc.
- banish. relegation n. [latin relego send away]
adj. (often foll. By to) bearing on or having reference to the matter in hand. relevance n. [latin relevo: related to *relieve]
adj. Of consistently good character or quality; dependable. reliability n. Reliably adv.
n. (foll. By in, on) trust, confidence. reliant adj.