At a "Petrol" Station in South Africa last month, I had some urgent business to accomplish, so
I asked the attendant where the toilet was.
He stuck out his hand and pointed: "Right around the corner, Sir!"
I ran around the corner and kept going and looking, turning another two corners before finding the next living creature, who pointed me in the opposite direction.
But since I had only one more corner to turn, I did so and returned to the original attendant.
"Sorry, I cannot seem to find it", I explained apologetically.
"RIGHT around the corner, I said, SIR!" was his emphatic response.
So off I went, this time much slower even though the pressure had increased unbearably.
And hurrah, in big white letters at the end of a small dark passage immediately behind the front wall, it clearly said "HERE" !
Upon my return, I told the attendant that I had easily found it this time and that I appreciated that it had been so clearly marked: HERE
He shrugged his shoulders about this ignorant American who did not appear to know that
"here" is the Afrikaans word for "men" . . . .and I left him under that impression and without further explanations.
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