Crazy man: I would like to see that Hermes (pronounces it Her-MEES) scarf.
Man selling scarves and necklaces: It’s pronounced air-mess. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably can’t afford it.
Crazy man: But in Greek it’s pronounced Her-MEES.
Man selling scarves and necklaces: That has nothing to do with this scarf. The French can call it whatever they want.
Crazy man, to himself as he walks away: The French? The french with their Louis XIV wanting to be called the Sun King? What do the French know? They just came out of the ice! They don’t know anything about anything!
Man selling scarves and necklaces, to himself: If you can’t prononuce it, you can’t afford it. That’s funny.
–17th & 6th
Overheard by: Siena