A man working in the produce department was asked by a lady if she could buy half a head of lettuce. He replied, "Half a head?
Are you serious? God grows these in whole heads and that's how we sell them!"
"You mean," she persisted, "that after all the years I've shopped here, you won't sell me half-a-head of
"Look," he said, "If you like I'll ask the manager."
She indicated that would be appreciated, so the young man marched to the front of the store. "You won't believe this, but there's
a lame-braided idiot of a lady back there who wants to know if she can buy half-a-head of lettuce."
He noticed the manager gesturing, and turned around to see the lady standing behind him,
obviously having followed him to the front of the store. "And this nice lady was wondering if she could buy the other half" he
Later in the day the manager cornered the young man and said, "That was the finest example of thinking on your feet
I've ever seen! Where did you learn that?" "I grew up in Grand Rapids, and if you know anything about Grand Rapids, you know
that it's known for its great hockey teams and its ugly women."
The manager's face flushed, and he interrupted, "My wife is from Grand Rapids!" "And which hockey team did she play for?"
On a windswept hill in an English country churchyard stands a drab, gray slate tombstone. The quaint stone bears an epitaph
not easily seen unless you stoop over and look closely. The faint etchings read:
Beneath this stone, a lump of clay, / lies Arabella Young, / Who on the twenty-fourth of May,
/ began to hold her tongue.
A sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
William Norris, the American journalist who specialized in simple
rhymes that packed a wallop once wrote:
If your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
To whom you speak; of whom you speak;
And how, and when, and where.
"I have often regretted my speech, never my silence."
Publius, a Greek sage.
Tongue twisters: Ezio Pinza's (singer at the Metropolitan Opera) favorite was, "Three gray geese in the green grass grazing; gray
were the geese, and green was the grazing."
Actor Laurence Olivier often warms up with this one before going onstage: "Betty
Botter bought a bit of butter, 'But," she said, 'this butter's bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter
bitter. But a bit of better butter will make my batter better.' So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter, and it made her
Boris Karloff lisped, and the letter "s" was his problem. Among the twisters he used were: "She sells seashells
by the seashore"; "Sister Susie's sewing shirts for soldiers"; "Slippery sleds slide smoothly down the sluiceway" ; "A snifter
of snuff is enough snuff for a sniff for a snuff sniffer."
A twister used by some radio and television announcers before they perform is: "The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea
Nine out of 10 people can't say this twice in rapid succession: "Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter, seized
his knees and sneezed."
Frederick John, Insight.
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.