Humor of Hair Dryers in Germany

Humor of Hair Dryers in Germany is based on a true story told by Mikel Mesh.

It centers around an English-speaker, an elderly woman, on her first trip to Europe.

She was one of those stubborn English-speakers who knows no foreign languages, but expects all foreigners to know English.

(As occurs in the story on the web page: Humor of Two Types of French.)

She was traveling through the countries of Europe when most Europeans outside the large cities spoke only their own language, back before learning English became commonplace throughout Europe.

She was staying in a small hotel in a remote village in the mountains of Germany, where no one she met spoke English.

She went down to reception to ask the young desk clerk for a hair dryer, the only way she knew how, by saying it repeatedly in English:

“Hair dryer! Hair dryer!” she said to the desk clerk.

The young man, who spoke no English, raised his finger in the universal gesture that she interpreted to mean: ‘Just a minute, please.”

Then he turned and went through a doorway into a back room.

She thought to herself, ‘Good. Either he understands me, or he’s gone to fetch someone who speaks English.’

In a short time, the young clerk came back through the door, followed by a distinguished-looking older man, nicely dressed, who looked like he was probably the hotel manager.

By way of introduction, the clerk extended his arm to indicate the older man and said:

“Herr Dreyer.”

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