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    semi open

    1. Please leave the door open!
    2. Please leave the door closed!
    3. Please leave the door ...(between open and closed)...!

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    Re: semi open

    Leave the door ajar.

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    Re: semi open

    "Leave the door half open."

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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Leave the door ajar.
    When is a door not a door?
    When it's ajar!
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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When is a door not a door?
    When it's ajar!
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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When is a door not a door?
    When it's ajar!

    That was one of the first jokes I learnt as a toddler. Along with:

    Q: Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkled?
    A: Because if it was small, white and round it would be an aspirin.

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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Q: Why is an elephant big, grey and wrinkled?
    A: Because if it was small, white and round it would be an aspirin.

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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    When is a door not a door?
    When it's ajar!
    Such a silly question I'd like to ask, but in asking there is understanding.
    I know what it means, but I couldn't find out what is funny in it.
    When a door is half-open it is not a door? So what's funny in it? Is it used for children to creep, gossip or something?

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    Re: semi open

    Quote Originally Posted by atabitaraf View Post
    Such a silly question I'd like to ask, but in asking there is understanding.
    I know what it means, but I couldn't find out what is funny in it.
    When a door is half-open it is not a door? So what's funny in it? Is it used for children to creep, gossip or something?
    There's nothing funny about a half open door not being a door.
    But, back to the riddle:
    If something is a jar, it is not a door, because jars are not doors. The riddle/joke is meant to be spoken.

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    Re: semi open

    I have never heard any person actually use the word "ajar" -- unless you count my brother's friend's GM, which had a recording with a southern accent -- "A door is a-jar." I always thought it was a strange expression. But I think it means entrouverte, only slightly open, rather than half-open, as the Aussies seem to indicate.

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