The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Homer – who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket – went in to try out for the job.
"Okay," the sheriff drawled, "Homer, what is 1 and 1?"
"11," he replied.
The sheriff thought to himself, "That"s not what I meant, but he"s right."
"What two days of the week start with the letter "T"?"
"Today and tomorrow."
He was again surprised that Homer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.
"Now Homer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?"
Homer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, "I don"t know."
"Well, why don"t you go home and work on that one for a while?"
So, Homer wandered over to the pool hall where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Homer was exultant.
"It went great! First day on the job and I"m already working on a murder case!"
n. - surrounding and blockading of a town, castle, etc.
- similar operation by police etc. To force an armed person out of a building. lay siege to conduct the siege of. Raise the siege of abandon, or cause the abandonment of, an attempted siege of. [french sege seat]
—n. Perforated or meshed utensil for separating solids or coarse material from liquids or fine particles, or for pulping. —v. (-ving) sift. [old english]
for sore eyes n. Colloq. Welcome person or thing.
- unseen adv. Without previous inspection.
- —n. - a faculty of seeing. B act of seeing or being seen.
- thing seen.
- opinion (in my sight).
- range of vision (out of sight).
- (usu. In pl.) Noteworthy features of a town etc.
- a device on a gun, telescope, etc., for assisting aim or observation. B aim or observation so gained.
- colloq. Unsightly person or thing (looked a sight).
- colloq. Great deal (a sight too clever). —v. - get sight of, observe the presence of (they sighted land).
- aim (a gun etc.) With a sight. at first sight on first glimpse or impression. At (or on) sight as soon as a person or a thing has been seen. Catch (or lose) sight of begin (or cease) to see or be aware of. In sight 1 visible.
- near at hand. Set one's sights on aim at. [old english: related to *see1]
n. Eighteenth letter of the greek alphabet (s, s, or, when final, v). [latin from greek]
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 soft and smooth like silk.
- suave. silkily adv. Silkiness n.
—adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 foolish, imprudent.
- cricket (of a fielder or position) very close to the batsman. —n. (pl. -ies) colloq. Foolish person. sillily adv. Silliness n. [old english, = happy]
—prep. Throughout or during the period after (has been here since june; happened since yesterday). —conj. - during or in the time after (what have you done since we met?).
- because. —adv. - from that time or event until now (has not seen him since).
- ago (many years since). [old english, = after that]
n. - tough fibrous tissue uniting muscle to bone; a tendon.
- (in pl.) Muscles; bodily strength.
- (in pl.) Strength or framework of a thing. sinewy adj. [old english]
—v. (-geing) 1 burn superficially; scorch.
- burn off the tips of (hair). —n. Superficial burn. [old english]
n. Cavity of bone or tissue, esp. In the skull connecting with the nostrils. [latin, = bosom, recess]