One day Nasreddin borrowed a pot from his neighbour Ali. The next day he brought it back with another little pot inside. “That’s not mine,” said Ali. “Yes, it is,” said Nasreddin. “While your pot was staying with me, it had a baby.”
Some time later Nasreddin asked Ali to lend him a pot again. Ali agreed, hoping that he would once again receive two pots in return. However, days passed and Nasreddin had still not returned the pot. Finally Ali lost patience and went to demand his property. “I am sorry,” said Nasreddin. “I can’t give you back your pot, since it has died.” “Died!” screamed Ali, “how can a pot die?” “Well,” said Nasreddin, “you believed me when I told you that your pot had had a baby.”
1.remain in the same place.“you stay here and I’ll be back soon”
delay leaving so as to join in (an activity).“why not stay for lunch?”
(of food) remain in the stomach, rather than be thrown up as vomit.
2.remain in a specified state or position.“her ability to stay calm”
1.grant to (someone) the use of (something) on the understanding that it shall be returned.“Stewart asked me to lend him my car”
allow (a person or organization) the use of (a sum of money) under an agreement to pay it back later, typically with interest.“no one would lend him the money”
2.contribute or add (something, especially a quality) to.“the smile lent his face a boyish charm”
As we had had a long walk through one of the markets of Old Delhi, we stopped at a square to have a rest. After a time, we noticed a snake-charmer with two large baskets at the other side of the square, so we went to have a look at him.
As soon as he saw us, he picked up a long pipe which was covered with coins and opened one of the baskets. When he began to play a tune, we had our first glimpse of the snake. It rose out of the basket and began to follow the movements of the pipe.
We were very much surprised when the snake charmer suddenly began to play jazz tunes and modern pop songs. The snake, however, continued to ‘dance’ slowly. It obviously could not tell the difference between Indian music and jazz!
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The most powerful woman in the world is the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. This is her fifth year as Forbes’s most powerful woman. Hot on Merkel’s heels was Hillary Clinton, who came in second. Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is the youngest member of the top 10. She is 45.
The Forbes top 100 list features women from eight different categories. Oprah Winfrey is the richest woman – she has almost 2 billion pounds. Singer Beyonce led in the entertainment field.
- chancellor (the head of the government in some countries).
- hot on someone’s heels (to be right behind).
- feature (to have/show).