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? "
ammoniac n. Ammonium chloride, a white crystalline salt. [latin sal salt, ammoniacus of jupiter ammon]
- volatile n. Solution of ammonium carbonate used as smelling-salts. [latin, = volatile salt]
abbr. Surface-to-air missile.
—n. - vital juice circulating in plants.
- vigour, vitality.
- slang foolish person. —v. (-pp-) 1 drain or dry (wood) of sap.
- weaken. [old english]
- —n. Tunnel or trench dug to get nearer to the enemy. —v. (-pp-) 1 dig saps.
- undermine. [french sappe or italian zappa spade]
abbr. Special air service.
- abbr. Standard assessment task.
- past and past part. Of *sit.
—n. - hand tool with a toothed blade used to cut esp. Wood with a to-and-fro movement.
- power tool with a toothed rotating disk or moving band, for cutting. —v. (past part. Sawn or sawed) 1 cut (wood etc.) Or make (boards etc.) With a saw.
- use a saw.
- a move with a sawing motion (sawing away on his violin). B divide (the air etc.) With gesticulations. [old english]
- past of *see1.
- n. Proverb; maxim. [old english: related to *say]
n. Colloq. Saxophone. [abbreviation]
—v. (3rd sing. Present says; past and past part. Said) 1 (often foll. By that) a utter (specified words); remark. B express (say what you feel).
- (often foll. By that) a state; promise or prophesy. B have specified wording; indicate (clock says ten to six).
- (in passive; usu. Foll. By to + infin.) Be asserted (is said to be old).
- (foll. By to + infin.) Colloq. Tell to do (he said to hurry).
- convey (information) (spoke, but said little).
- offer as an argument or excuse (much to be said in favour of it).
- (often absol.) Give an opinion or decision as to (hard to say).
- take as an example or as near enough (paid, say, £20).
- recite or repeat (prayers, mass, tables, a lesson, etc.). 10 convey (inner meaning etc.) (what is the poem saying?). 11 (the said) law or joc. The previously mentioned. —n. - opportunity to express a view (let him have his say).
- share in a decision (had no say in it). i'll say colloq. Yes indeed. I say! Exclamation of surprise etc. Or drawing attention. That is to say in other words, more explicitly. [old english]