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schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Thu May 6 23:05:58 EDT 2010
On May 6, 2010, at 8:51 PM, David Derbes wrote:
> On May 6, 2010, at 7:43 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:
>> On May 6, 2010, at 7:09 PM, George Gratzer wrote:
>>> I have not received a single posting in five days.
>>> What went wrong?
>> Apparently everything is just perfect and no-one is having
>> problems! :-)
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
>> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
> My father, a Creole of New Orleans, often told this joke. A young
> boy was born to a proud but impoverished Cajun family in Bayou
> Lafourche. He seemed healthy and happy, but never spoke a word.
> Finally, at Thanksgiving dinner when he was seven years old, he put
> down a piece of bread, looked at his family around the table, and
> announced solemnly: "This bread is burnt." His mother fainted. The
> family was astonished. A Thanksgiving miracle! "Son," asked his
> father, "you can speak?!" "Sure, Dad." "Why you don't say nothin'
> till now?!" The boy looked at his father with a mixture of pity and
> regret, "Well, Dad, up till now, everything been hokay!"
In the version I heard in Britain, the son was twenty-eight years old
when he spoke, at tea, for the first time thus: "Would you pass me
P.S. I never heard a French equivalent.
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