Restaurant Joke

 In the restaurant, the waiter said, “We have everything on the menu today, ma’am.”

“So I see,” said the customer.  “May I have a clean one, please?”

What's So Funny?

There are two meanings to the waiter's statement.  He meant, everything that is listed on the menu is available today.  The customer saw many bits of food stuck on the menu and had a different understanding, namely, that every kind of food was making her menu dirty, so she requested a cleaner menu.

Alan Headbloom

Alan advises Americans how to be global citizens and expats how to fit in to Michigan culture without annoying their native coworkers and clients. He also tweets and blogs at the intersection of language and culture. Over decades, he's traveled, studied, or lived on six continents, putting strange foods into his mouth and emitting strange sounds from it. His use of English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Swedish, Hausa, and Japanese all improve with alcohol use. He gives invited public presentations on culture and unsolicited private advice on English grammar and usage; the latter isn't always appreciated. Visit his website for information on consulting, coaching, or speaking engagements.