THE teacher announced that to practice spelling, each member of the class would say what their fathers did for a living and then spell the occupation.
Mary went first.
"My Dad is a baker, b-a-k-e-r, and if he were here, he would give everyone a cookie." Next came Tommy.
"My dad is a banker, b-a-n-k-e-r, and if he were here, he'd give each of us a quarter." Third came Jimmy.
"My dad is an electrician.'' But after struggling through a number of attempts to spell the word, the teacher asked him to sit and think about it for a moment while she called on someone else.
She then turned to Johnny.
"My dad's a bookie, b-o-o-k-i-e," Johnny said.
"And if he were here, he'd lay you 8 to 5 that Jimmy ain't never gonnaspell electrician."