|A Spaniard visiting the United States went into a store to buy a pair of socks. He spoke no English, and the clerk didn’t know a word of Spanish.|
Through pantomime, the Spaniard tried to explain what he needed, without much success. The clerk brought out shoes, then tried sneakers, then slippers, then laces — all to no avail.
Finally, he came out of the stockroom with a pair of socks, and the Spaniard exclaimed, “Eso si? que es!”
Said the exasperated clerk, “Well, for crying out loud. If you could spell it, why didn’t you say so in the first place?”