augury doggerel

Friday, December 20, 2002


An American couple is talking on the other side of the room. She just asked for borscht when she should have said barszcz, a difference of one consonant in pronunciation, but the difference between former occupier and formerly occupied. And now an Englishman has come in. He was missing for a week, holed up in his flat with the malarial shakes, something left over from his Africa days. In assertive English, he orders an omelet with cheese, and the cheese has to be melted. Melted. My pal the cook will surely give it his special attention.


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