Thursday, May 7, 2009

In Russian class tonight

(Background: we are learning how to count.)

Professor: So in Russian, just like English, we have a special expression for thirteen. Just like you call it the dirty dozen, we have a phrase that means, translated literally, the "devil's dozen."

Entire class looks blank, seemingly unaware of any such English expression.

Isabel, timidly: Do you mean... baker's dozen?

Professor: Ah yes, that is it!

Bakers, devils, totally the same thing.

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