Saturday, May 12, 2007

"All of beef"

Hello from Seattle, where I've been all week for a work conference. Last night, went to a Vietnamese restaurant recommended in a Seattle travel book. It was in an area called "Little Vietnam." I opted for vegetarian. But my colleague ordered some kind of dish with the wording "all of beef" in the description. He figured they meant "all-beef" but what they really meant was beef tongue, beef intestines, beef anything and everything!

He recognized the beef intestines immediately and didn't eat the food.

So beware of "all of beef."

Ah, once again -- the power of language...

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