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Conversational scrap

Overheard in an academic building last week:

"Is that a test tube?"
"No, a scalpel."

I wonder how it's possible to confuse these things?

I went to a lecture tonight in which the speaker spoke of the town's worthies. I hadn't realized that people did that any more. It was especially striking to realize that "worthies" included notable sportspeople, not just famous gentry.

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friend_of_tofu
Feb. 11th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
LOL! I am boggling too.