Thursday, 1 December 2011
Very bad Latin joke
A gentleman, having ordered a meal at a fine London restaurant, decided that he would like some wine to accompany his meal. So he summoned the wine steward and asked for a bottle of hock.
"Hock, sir?" asked the steward.
"Yes, hock, man. You know: hic, hunc, huius, huic, hoc."
"Hmm ... very good, sir."
The food duly arrived, but without the wine. This perturbed the gentleman slightly, as he was accustomed to a higher standard of service. He began to dine, and at the next opportunity he beckoned the steward again.
"Didn't I order a bottle of hock?"
"Yes, sir, you did - but then you declined it."
(From this extremely comprehensive and knowledgeable page of Latin phrases.)