A Wise Witness

Oh, the Dexterity of English Words

One day a man from Yorkshire was called to take the stand as a witness in a court case.

The Counsel’s first question to him: “Tell me, my good man. Are you acquainted with any of the jury?”

“Aye. Ah reckon Ah know more than half of ’em.”

“Would you be willing to swear you know more than half of them?”

“If it comes to that,” declared the Yorkshireman with a twinkle in his eye, “Ah’m willing to swear Ah know more than all of ’em put together.”

From the 1975 Friendship Book of Francis Gay
published by D.C. Thomson & Co, Ltd.

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5 thoughts on “A Wise Witness

    • My main experience with Yorkshire folks is through James Herriot’s books, but I can imagine this scene, given a witness with a quick wit. It was one of those “once in a lifetime” openings a timid or slower-thinking person would miss. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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