The general went out to find that none of his GIs were there. One finally ran up, panting heavily.
"Sorry, sir! I can explain, you see I had a date and it ran a little late. I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I"m here."
The general was very skeptical about this explanation but at least he was here so he let the G.I. go.
Moments later, eight more GIs came up to the general panting, he asked them why they were late.
"Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but it broke down, found a farm, bought a horse but it dropped dead, ran 10 miles, and now I"m here."
The general eyed them, feeling very skeptical but since he let the first guy go, he let them go, too.
A ninth GI jogged up to the general, panting heavily. "Sorry, sir! I had a date and it ran a little late, I ran to the bus but missed it, I hailed a cab but..."
"Let me guess," the general interrupted, "it broke down."
"No," said the G.I., "there were so many dead horses in the road, it took forever to get around them."
abbr. Technical and vocational educational initiative.
archaic it was. [contraction]
n. Coarse slang 1 female genitals.
- contemptible person. [origin unknown]
adj. (tweer; tweest) derog. Affectedly dainty or quaint. [a childish pronunciation of *sweet]
n. Very small thin branch of a tree or shrub. twiggy adj. [old english]
- v. (-gg-) colloq. Understand; realize. [origin unknown]
bed n. Each of a pair of single beds. twin-bedded adj.
- set n. Woman's matching cardigan and jumper.
- town n. Town twinned with another.
- —n. - each of a closely related or associated pair, esp. Of children or animals born at a birth.
- exact counterpart of a person or thing.
- (the twins) zodiacal sign or constellation gemini. —adj. Forming, or being one of, such a pair (twin brothers). —v. (-nn-) 1 a join intimately together. B (foll. By with) pair.
- bear twins.
- link (a town) with one in a different country, for friendship and cultural exchange. twinning n. [old english: related to *two]
n. Slang foolish person. [originally dial., perhaps from *twit2]
- v. (-tt-) reproach or taunt, usu. Good-humouredly. [old english]
n. (also tike) 1 unpleasant or coarse man.
- small child. [old norse]
—n. - sort, class, or kind.
- person, thing, or event exemplifying a class or group.
- (in comb.) Made of, resembling, or functioning as (ceramic-type material; cheddar-type cheese).
- colloq. Person, esp. Of a specified character (a quiet type; not my type).
- object, conception, or work of art, serving as a model for subsequent artists.
- printing a piece of metal etc. With a raised letter or character on its upper surface for printing. B kind or size of such pieces (printed in large type). C set or supply of these (ran short of type). —v. (-ping) 1 write with a typewriter.
- esp. Biol. & med. Assign to a type; classify. [greek tupos impression]
n. (pl. -s) colloq. Typographical error. [abbreviation]