A patron wearing a hearing aid entered a cab and the driver remarked, "These things any good?"
The patron replied, "I would be lost without it."
"Must be rough to be hard of hearing," sympathized the cabbie. "Oh, well," added the cabbie, nearly all of us have something the matter one way or another. Take me, for
instance. I can hardly see!"
Squint-a-pipes. A squinting man or woman; said to be born in the middle of the week, and looking both ways for Sunday; or born in a hackney coach, and looking out of both
- Prochnow, Herbert V. The Speaker's Treasury of Stories for All Occasions (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1967, c1953).
- Lexicon Balatronicum (London, 1811), reprinted under the title 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (Chicago: Follett, 1971).
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