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01 March 2010 @ 04:37 pm
An anecdote (not mine)  
On her blog, Lynne Truss writes about
. . . a neighbour of mine in Brighton who works in a shop where everything costs a pound – a job he does with considerable dignity, I have to say. One morning, as he was opening the shop, he had a very imperious customer who first ticked him off about opening three minutes late, then demanded personal service, and finally complained about the lack of range in the bathroom cleaners. My friend was not rude to this man. He said merely, “I think you’re labouring under a misapprehension, sir.” And then, when the man said, “What misapprehension?” he said, “That this is Harrods, and that you’re the effing Duke of Westminster.”


That retort is, in my opinion, right up there with

Lady Astor (infuriated): Mister Churchill, if I were your wife, I’d put poison in your tea.

Churchill: Madam, were I your husband, I would surely drink it.


I love the precise use of language.
 
 
 
Fat Fred the Otter and Skippy: yahoofatfred on March 1st, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)

Oh Bravo!!!
Stormy Weatherororo on March 2nd, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Lovely!
une idee fixeideealisme on March 2nd, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Ha ha!
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Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 2nd, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
It's either Fields or Churchill again. Have I told you the story about the time I stole and used that quote?
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Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on March 3rd, 2010 03:12 am (UTC)
See, I was at a very small SF con, really a RelaxiCon, no programming, just hanging out in one wing of a small local hotel, a few videos queued up in one room, a couple of local book dealers in another, and I was pleasantly drunk. I get very happy when I'm drunk; everything is funny and everyone is wonderful; and my inhibitions drop somewhat.

And so I was in a room talking with people when someone came in. "Has anyone seen Bruce?" she asked.

"Yes," I said slowly and carefully. "He was. Over in the. Video room. Talking with. Benny."

And the someone turned to the person walking with her and said, "What a fucking airhead."

I responded, "I'm not an airhead, I'm drunk."

She said, "Same goddamn thing."

I said, "No. I'm drunk. You're a rude bitch. And I'll be sober in the morning."
Tom the Alien Cattomtac on March 5th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Bravo!
I'm a mockereusashead on March 2nd, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA!

Also, it's awesome that the UK has the equivalent of dollar stores.
zemhitchhiker on March 2nd, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)
love it!