An officer in the U.S. Naval reserve was attending a conference that
included admirals from both the U.S. Navy and the French navy. At a cocktail reception, he found himself in a small group that included personnel from both navies. The French admiral started complaining that whereas Europeans learned many languages, Americans learned only English.
He then asked: “Why is it that we have to speak English in these conferences rather than you speak French?”
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied:
“Maybe it’s because we arranged it so you did not have to speak German.”
I’ve heard something along these lines several times. Although it’s funny and to the point, it strikes me as more of an urban legend. Nothing on Snopes, but it turns up all over the place as a joke. It must be. Anyone know? (via Nikita Demosthenes)
And just because it didn’t happen doesn’t mean it isn’t true.