07 September 2006
English: The precise language
A colleague called me over and showed me this picture on her computer and, pointing to the picture, said "You are too old to do that"
I replied "I'd do that in a flash"
She did not have words to answer.
Sometimes it only works in English, too. One time, I was driving past a cemetery in Holland with a Dutch-speaking freind, and I said, "This is where the dead people live." It's funny in English, but not if you translate it mentally into Nederlands.
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