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David Winter

by David Winter

Posted: 06 Jun 2014 @ 12:16

Communication failure

"WELL, I've been under the doctor again with my legs." That was the answer of the woman in front of me in the supermarket queue to her friend's question, "How are you?" It made perfect sense to the friend, and to me, and to the woman at the till.

But try translating it into, say, French: "J'etais encore sous le médecin avec mes jambes," and it becomes ludicrous, and even slightly indecent.

I only noted the exchange ...

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