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English translation: to pass the time, gate attendants play some games...

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09:10 Mar 13, 2008
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English term or phrase: to have the most holes in his sock to pass the time
Hello! I find this paragraph very difficult, because it's culture bound. I have many questins about it, which I write in different postings.
"At Southwest, gate attendants are taught how to play games with customers, such as guess the weight of the gate agent, name three things to do in Tulsa and who has the most holes in his sock to pass the time if a plane is delayed. Flights attendants are liable to say anything over the telecom. The games are never in poor taste and the winners get a free dinner or a Soutwest fun hat"

So you are supposed to guess who has most holes in their sock? :-D lol Could yopu please help me out?
Thx,
Luca
xxxMaverick82
Local time: 08:13
English translation:to pass the time, gate attendants play some games...
Explanation:
one of which is to guess who has the most holes in his socks! They do that when planes are delayed.
This whole paragraph is weird!!!

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Note added at 40 mins (2008-03-13 09:50:30 GMT)
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Silly game? May be highly entertaining (if you lead an extremely boring life!) Who knows?
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Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:13
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Hi Nesrin! Thx for your explanation, you've been crystal clear!
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3 +4to pass the time, gate attendants play some games...
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to pass the time, gate attendants play some games...


Explanation:
one of which is to guess who has the most holes in his socks! They do that when planes are delayed.
This whole paragraph is weird!!!

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Note added at 40 mins (2008-03-13 09:50:30 GMT)
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Silly game? May be highly entertaining (if you lead an extremely boring life!) Who knows?

Nesrin
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:13
Native speaker of: Arabic
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
Hi Nesrin! Thx for your explanation, you've been crystal clear!
Notes to answerer
Asker: Ooops! You are right! "to pass the time if a plane is delayed" refers to all games, not just to the last one! Thx Nesrin! Anyway, I think Luca

Asker: I think it's a silly game, isn't it? lol Luca


Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  writeaway: games .. SUCH AS .... paragraph isn't really weird (but the games are silly) and English is perfectly clear
21 mins
  -> Yes that's what I meant - not that the English is unclear but that the things described there are weird.

agree  Claire Chapman
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agree  Phong Le
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agree  V_N
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