A girl doing her homework asked her father to explain the difference between anger and exasperation. Going to the telephone, he dialed a number and had his daughter listen. “Hello,” he said to the man who answered, “is Melvin there?”
“There’s no one here named Melvin,” was the reply. “Why don’t you look up numbers before you dial them?”
The father dialed the number again. “Hello, is Melvin there?” he asked.
“Now look!” the man yelled. “I just told you that there’s no Melvin here!” Then he slammed down the receiver.
“You see,” the father explained, “that was anger. Now I’ll show you exasperation.”
Again he dialed the number, and when a voice roared “Hello,” he calmly said, “This is Melvin. Have there been any calls for me?”
-Bob Phillips, The Return of The Good Clean Jokes (Harvest House)