grammarpolice.jpgA village blacksmith found an apprentice willing to work hard at low pay. The smith immediately began his instructions to the lad: “When I take the metal out of the fire, I’ll lay it on the anvil; and when I nod my head you hit it with the hammer.”

The apprentice did precisely what he thought he was told. The next day he was the village blacksmith.
– Zen Parable

H/T to Decrepit Old Fool