A porter in a British hotel comes upon an American tourist impatiently jabbing at the button for the lift.
"Sir, the lift will be here in a moment."
"Lift? Lift?" replies the American. "Oh, you mean the elevator."
"No sir, here we call it a lift."
"Well, as it was invented in the United States, it’s called an elevator."
"Yes sir, but as the language was invented here, it’s called a lift."
game n. - a game played with a ball. B us baseball game.
- esp. Us colloq. Affair; matter (a whole new ball game).
- —n. - sphere, esp. For use in a game.
- a ball-shaped object; material in the shape of a ball (ball of snow, wool). B rounded part of the body (ball of the foot).
- single delivery or pass of a ball in cricket, baseball, football, etc.
- (in pl.) Coarse slang a testicles. B (usu. As int.) Nonsense. C = *balls-up. D courage, ‘guts’. —v. Form into a ball. balls up coarse slang bungle; make a mess of. On the ball colloq. Alert. [old norse]
- n. - formal social gathering for dancing.
- slang enjoyable time (esp. Have a ball). [greek ballo throw]
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