A young girl who was studying for an English test at school came to her father and asked, “Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?”
The father replied, “It is mostly a matter of degree. Let me show you what I mean.”
With that the father went to the telephone and dialed a number at random. To the man who answered the phone, he said, “Hello, is Martin there?”
The man answered, “There is no one living here named Martin. Why don’t you learn to look up numbers before you dial?”
“See,” said the father to his daughter. “That man was not a bit happy with our call. He was probably very busy with something and we annoyed him. Now watch….”
The father dialled the number again. “Hello, is Martin there?” asked the father.
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“Now look here!” came the heated reply. “You just called this number and I told you that there is no Martin here! You’ve got lot of nerve calling again!” The receiver was slammed down hard.
The father turned to his daughter and said, “You see, that was anger. Now I’ll show you what exasperation means.”
He dialled the same number, and a violent voice roared, “Hello!”
The father calmly said, “Hello, this is Martin. Have there been any calls for me?”
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