Sunday, 9 December 2012

812. What we mean is what we don't say (83)

(In the supermarket car park, where trolleys can only be released by the use of a pound coin, retrievable later when you return it.)

What we sayCan I borrow a pound coin off you for the supermarket trolley?

What we mean:  I can't be bothered to root around in my handbag, and anyway, men always carry loose change around in their pockets...

What is says about us:  I'll forget to return the pound coin to him of course, and he knows it would be a bit petty to ask for it.


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