Geronimo Riddle

Riddle: What did Geronimo yell when he jumped off the high diving board?

Answer: "Meeeeeeeeeeee!"

What's So Funny?

When American kids jump from high places, like the high diving board at the swimming pool, they yell "Geronimo!" (the name of a Native American chief). The rough meaning of this is, "Here I come!"

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.