Saturday, November 28, 2015

Real Costly

One day an Englishman came to visit Udurawana at his ancestral home, which contained several magnificent pieces of antique furniture. The Englishman was very impressed with a piece and commented: "Very nice. This must be costly" Quickly Udurawana corrected him, saying "No, No, mister. This is mahogany". N.B. mahogany is a very valuable wood used to make expensive furniture. The English word 'costly' has similar pronunciation to Sinhala "Kos Lee", meaning a type of wood also used for making furniture, but not as expensive as mahogany.

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