Dress Boutique

A woman walks into a boutique and asks to try on the dress in the shop window.

What's So Funny?

The woman asked to try on the dress THAT SHE SAW in the window display. The clerk thought she wanted to try on the dress WHILE SHE WAS in the window display.  (Of course, the dressing room has more privacy for changing clothes!)

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.