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? "
n. (pl. Sera or -s) 1 liquid that separates from a clot when blood coagulates, esp. Used for inoculation.
- watery fluid in animal bodies. [latin, = whey]
—v. (-ving) 1 do a service for (a person, community, etc.).
- be a servant to.
- carry out duties (served on six committees).
- (foll. By in) be employed in (esp. The armed forces) (served in the navy).
- a be useful to or serviceable for. B meet requirements; perform a function.
- a go through a due period of (apprenticeship, a prison sentence, etc.). B go through (a due period) of imprisonment etc.
- present (food) to eat.
- (in full serve at table) act as a waiter.
- a attend to (a customer etc.). B (foll. By with) supply with (goods). 10 treat (a person) in a specified way. 11 a (often foll. By on) deliver (a writ etc.). B (foll. By with) deliver a writ etc. To. 12 (also absol.) (in tennis etc.) Deliver (a ball etc.) To begin or resume play. 13 (of an animal) copulate with (a female). —n. = *service n. 16a, b. serve a person right be a person's deserved punishment etc. Serve up derog. Offer (served up the same old excuses). [latin servio]
n. (pl. -s) 1 powered mechanism producing motion at a higher level of energy than the input level.
- (in comb.) Involving this. [latin servus slave]
n. (pl. -tos) colloq. Fight, argument.
n. - arrangement or organization.
- manner, structure, or position of this.
- instance of setting a person up (see set up 10).
adj. & n. - one more than six.
- symbol for this (7, vii, vii).
- size etc. Denoted by seven.
- seven o'clock. [old english]
- seas n. (prec. By the) the oceans of the world.
v. Divide, break, or make separate, esp. By cutting (severed artery). [anglo-french severer from latin separo]
n. Conduit, usu. Underground, for carrying off drainage water and sewage. [anglo-french sever(e): related to *ex-1, aqua water]
—n. Roughly built hut or cabin. —v. (foll. By up) slang cohabit, esp. As lovers. [perhaps from mexican jacal wooden hut]
A dog"s sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew.