The Telemarketer

I’m a telemarketer that’s my job and that’s what I do. It’s not a job everyone appreciates, but it’s a job I enjoy and am proud of. The other day I called a house and a real nice lady answered the phone, she was really helpful and friendly, she was the type of lady that helps a telemarketer get through a long day. After some pleasantries. I asked if Mr. Smith was in, “I’m sorry”, she answered “I’m afraid he doesn’t live here anymore.” Now that was a real disappointment being that she was a nice lady, but I took it all in a stride, “I’m sorry to hear that ma’am. Do you happen to have his new number.” “Sure thing!” The woman cheerfully replied, telling me his new number. I hung up the phone and quickly called the new number and was surprised to hear a recording. “Thank you for calling Green Acres Cemetery…”


  1. What is a telemarketer?
  2.  What does he mean by “get through a long day”?
  3.  What is the definition of “pleasantries”?
  4.  What does he mean by “I took it all in a stride”?
  5.  What is the definition of “cemetery”?
  6.  Why is this a funny story?


  1. selling or advertising by telephone
  2. He means his day was not exciting and the time seemed to be going slow.
  3. pleasantries is a nice funny conversation
  4. “I took it all in a stride” means he was okay with her response and he did not think much about it.
  5. an area set apart for or containing graves, tombs, or funeral urns
  6. A telemarketer always wants to speak to the correct person so he can sell his product.  He was happy that she gave him Mr. Smith’s new number.  Mr. Smith did not live there anymore because he had died.  She gave him the number to the cemetery where he was buried (his new home).

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