A blind man is waiting at the bus stop together with a big family, father, mother and their 7 children. The bus arrives, but there are only 8 vacant seats. The father and the blind guy decide to walk the few stops. After a while, the man says: “Jesus Christ! That noise from your stick is fierce annoying! Can’t you put a bit of rubber on the tip?” The blind guy replies: “If you had put a bit of rubber on your tip, we’d both be sitting in the bus right now!”
In my previous post I aimed to draw the readers’ attention to some phenomena in speech interaction, namely how to say one thing while meaning quite the opposite. The first example I chose, “I don’t mean to patronise you, but…” opened a door which lead the topic into a different direction. Is it patronising to offer somebody help?