CN and heard

Coat Unquote

This is one of those regular Joe jokes that bring a smile on one's face every time it happens, (and trust us, it did take place). A fellow scribe from another English daily was entrusted with the task of a news story for which she had to get in touch with the members of the Punjabi Department, Panjab University.

She brushed up on her Punjabi speaking skills, got the number of the person concerned and braced herself for a Q&A. The line clicked and a voice answered on the other end. "Sir," she introduced herself and said, "we wanted your quote..." Before she could finish the sentence or brief him on the story, the jolly good fellow shot back in humour, "Coat? You can have pant, shirt, tie...whatever!" Ah, the wardrobe woes of English vocabulary.

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