Thursday, August 03, 2006
I hand over my selection of fruit. Greengrocer looks at it doubtfully.
GG: Is that a greengage?
ME: It's a lime. Is that a kind of greengage?
GG: It doesn't look like a lime.
ME: I got it from the lime section
GG: Are you sure it's a lime?
Pause. We both look at the small green fruit for some time. It is both dimpled and citrussy. It is clearly a lime.
GG: Well all right then.
GG picks up a grapefruit.
GG: And this is a big... kind of... orange?
ME: It is a ruby star grapefruit.
He moves onto the next item.
ME: (helpfully) That's a banana.
GG: (defensive) All right mate, I know what a banana looks like!
The rest of the transaction is conducted in silence.