The Chair Will Entertain a Motion

D167652F-2B30-46D6-9983-9D93DEF0DAB3“English is a strange language,” Jii said.

“It can be,” said Kenny, the ESL instructor at the community college. “But why do you say that, Jii?”

Jii, a recent immigrant from South Korea, was a little embarrassed. “My wife and I went to a city council meeting two nights ago,” he explained. “You said it would be a good way for us to learn the language. But I found it very confusing.”

“How so?” asked Kenny.

“When the meeting was about to end, the man at the head of the table picked up a hammer and said, ‘The chair will entertain a motion to adjourn.’ But a chair is made from wood. How is a chair able to entertain? And how is a chair in motion? I didn’t understand this.”

Kenny looked sympathetically at Jii. “Yes,” he said, “English is a strange language.”


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “entertain.”

6 thoughts on “The Chair Will Entertain a Motion

  1. baddadcartoons101 January 14, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I’m afraid if English had not been my first language, it would never have been my second language!

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  2. Michael January 14, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    You are so right, just consider trying to learn and use a word like ‘box’ and the many meanings it has. Its a hard enough language for us raised with it let alone coming from a foreign country.

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  3. Sight11 January 15, 2018 / 2:43 am

    I wonder what is their opinion of Victorian era English. They would love Shakespeare,in original draft Of-course..

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