The flower vendor was an old hand at unloading his last few bunches. Appealing to a businessman on his way home, the vendor said, “How about a nice bunch of roses to surprise your wife?”

“Haven’t got a wife,” responded the businessman gruffly.

“Then how about some carnations for your girlfriend?” proposed the vendor without missing a beat.

“Haven’t got a girlfriend.”

“You lucky guy!” The vendor broke into a big smile. “Buy both bunches to celebrate!”

Vocabulary Help

  • appeal – apelar
  • both – ambos
  • bunches – bouquet
  • businessman – homem de negócios
  • flower – flor
  • girlfriend – namorada
  • gruffly – de forma pouco amistosa
  • lucky guy – sujeito sortudo
  • nice – legal, bacana, bonito
  • old hand – experiente
  • smile – sorriso
  • unloading – descarregar
  • way home – caminho de casa
  • wife – esposa
  • without missing a beat – sem perder o passo, o ritmo