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热与冷

 

  蒙特利尔自助餐厅的一位顾客拧开盥洗室的龙头,结果被水烫伤了。「这太可恶了,」他抱怨道,「标着C的龙头流出的是开水。」

  「可是,先生,C代表Chaude-法语里代表『热』。如果您居住在蒙特利尔的话就得知道这一点。」

  「等等,」那位顾客咆哮一声,「另外一个龙头同样标的是C。」

  「当然,」经理说道:「它代表冷。毕竟,蒙特利尔是个双语城市。」

 

Chaude and Cold

 

A patron in Montreal cafe turned on a tap in the washroom and got scalded. "This is an outrage," he complained. "The faucet marked C gave me boiling water."

"But, Monsieur, C stands for chaude - French for hot. You should know that if you live in Montreal."

"Wait a minute," roared the patron. "The other tap is also marked C."

"Of course," said the manager, "It stands for cold. After all, Montreal is a bilingual city."