Sitting on the side of the highway waiting to catch speeding drivers, a State Police Officer see"s a car puttering along at 22 MPH.
He thinks to himself, "This driver is just as dangerous as a speeder!" So he turns on his lights and pulls the driver over. Approaching the car, he notices that there are five old ladies, two in the front seat and three in the back, wide eyed and white as ghosts. The driver, obviously confused, says to him, "Officer, I don"t understand, I was doing exactly the speed limit! What seems to be the problem?"
"Ma"am," the officer replies, "You weren"t speeding, but you should know that driving slower than the speed limit can also be a danger to other drivers."
"Slower than the speed limit? No sir, I was doing the speed limit exactly twenty-two miles an hour!" the old woman says a bit proudly.
The State Police officer, trying to contain a chuckle, explains to her that "22" was the route number, not the speed limit.
A bit embarrassed, the woman grinned and thanked the officer for pointing out her error.
"But before I let you go, Ma"am, I have to ask... Is everyone in this car OK? These women seem awfully shaken and they haven"t muttered a single peep this whole time," the officer asks.
"Oh, they"ll be all right in a minute officer. We just got off Route 142."
n. (pl. -ies) slang foolish or inept person. [origin uncertain]
—n. - ballroom dance in triple time performed by couples revolving with sliding steps.
- music for this. —v. - dance a waltz.
- (often foll. By in, out, round, etc.) Colloq. Move easily, lightly, casually, etc. waltz off with colloq. - steal.
- win easily. [german walzer from walzen revolve]
var. Of *-ward.
adj. (-ier, -iest) 1 too watery or weak.
- lacking vigour or intensity. washily adv. Washiness n.
contr. Was not.
disposal unit n. Device fitted to a sink etc. For disposing of household waste.
- paper n. Used or valueless paper.
- pipe n. Pipe to carry off waste material.
- product n. Useless by-product of manufacture or of an organism.
- —v. (-ting) 1 use to no purpose or with inadequate result or extravagantly.
- fail to use (esp. An opportunity).
- (often foll. By on) a give (advice etc.) Without effect. B (often in passive) fail to be appreciated or used properly (she was wasted on him; feel wasted in this job).
- wear gradually away; make or become weak.
- devastate. —adj. - superfluous; no longer needed.
- not inhabited or cultivated. —n. - act of wasting.
- waste material.
- waste region.
- being used up; diminution by wear.
- = *waste pipe.
—v. - keep the eyes fixed on.
- keep under observation; follow observantly.
- (often foll. By for) be in an alert state; be vigilant.
- (foll. By over) look after; take care of. —n. - small portable timepiece for carrying on the wrist or in a pocket.
- state of alert or constant observation or attention.
- naut. A usu. Four-hour spell of duty. B (in full starboard or port watch) each of the halves into which a ship's crew is divided to take alternate watches.
- hist. Watchman or watchmen. on the watch for waiting for (an anticipated occurrence). Watch it (or oneself) colloq. Be careful. Watch out (often foll. By for) be on one's guard. watcher n. (also in comb.). [old english: related to *wake1]
bus n. Boat carrying passengers on a regular run on a river, lake, etc.
- chestnut n. Corm from a sedge, used in chinese cookery.
- jump n. Jump over water in a steeplechase etc.
- lily n. Aquatic plant with floating leaves and flowers.
- main n. Main pipe in a water-supply system.
- melon n. Large dark-green melon with red pulp and watery juice.
- polo n. Game played by swimmers, with a ball like a football.
- table n. = *water-level 2.
- —n. - colourless transparent liquid compound of oxygen and hydrogen.
- liquid consisting chiefly of this and found in seas and rivers, in rain, and in secretions of organisms.
- expanse of water; a sea, lake, river, etc.
- (in pl.) Part of a sea or river.
- (often as the waters) mineral water at a spa etc.
- state of a tide.
- solution of a specified substance in water (lavender-water).
- transparency and brilliance of a gem.
- (attrib.) A found in or near water. B of, for, or worked by water. C involving, using, or yielding water. 10 (usu. In pl.) Amniotic fluid, released during labour. —v. - sprinkle or soak with water.
- take in a supply of water. by water using a ship etc. For transport. Like water in great quantity, profusely. Make one's mouth water cause one's saliva to flow, stimulate one's appetite or anticipation. Of the first water of the finest quality or extreme degree. Water down 1 dilute.
- make less forceful or horrifying. Water under the bridge past events accepted as irrevocable. [old english]
v. - be or become unsteady; begin to give way.
- be irresolute.
- (of a light) flicker. [old norse: related to *wave]