Friday, January 06, 2006

The Persian, the Arab, the Turk and the Greek..

Four persons, a Persian, an Arab, a Turk, and a Greek, were travelling together, and received a present of a Durham.

The Persian said he would buy "angur" with it, the Arab said he would buy "inab," while the Turk and the Greek were for buying "uzum" and "astaphil" (staphyle), respectively.

Now all these words mean one and the same thing, viz. "grapes."

But, owing to their ignorance of each other's languages, they fancied they each wanted to buy something different, and accordingly a violent quarrel arose between them.

At last a wise man who knew all their languages came up and explained to them that they were all wishing for one and the same thing.

2 comments:

Edward Ott said...

this is a most excellent story. thank you for sharing it.

artan said...

guess this is happening eveveryday but we dont just see it