|viihdyttää englanniksi||please fi, amuse fi, entertain fi|
: ux|en|Her presentation pleased the executives.
: ux|en|Im pleased to see youve been behaving yourself.
: ux|en|Just do as you please.
*: Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he.
: Please, pass the bread.
: Would you please sign this form?
: Could you tell me the time, please?
: May I take your order, please?
: —May I help you? —Please.
: Oh, please, do we have to hear that again?
*: Fellow: May I have a few days off to get married?
*: Reply, in the Cincinnati idiom by a boss who had heard the sound but not the sense:
*: Boss: Please?
*: Even though I heard it was supposed to be German-Catholic background, there’s only one thing German — they say ‘please’ [for the more common ‘pardon me’], which comes from bitte.
*: “…He explained in broken English that one of his daughters was ill and he probably could not be there. I did not understand all that he said, so asked, ‘Please?’ per Cincinnati custom. ‘There is no need to plead. I will be there if she is feeling better,’ he replied.”
*: Cincinnati are some of the most polite persons I have ever met in the US. When asking someone a question, instead of saying “Excuse me,” or “Pardon,” they say “Please?”
*: By the same token, one contestant who doesn’t hear a particular question could say “Pardon me?” while another could say “Please?” Again, neither would be lying if he said he was from Ohio.
*: In Maine, where as much as a quarter of the population has French ancestry, you may hear a stray hair called a couette, and in parts of Ohio please is used in the same way as the German bitte, to invite a person to repeat something just said – apparently a remnant of the bilingual schooling once available in Cincinnati.
*: Ellen grew up outside of Cincinnati and believed her own talk was the “norm,” while others were speakers of dialects. She was in graduate school before she learned that not all people say, Please? to mean Can you repeat that?
: I watch these movies because they amuse me.
: It always amuses me to hear the funny stories why people havent got a ticket, but I never let them get in without paying.
*: A group of children amusing themselves with pushing stones from the top [of the cliff], and watching as they plunged into the lake.
*: He amused his followers with idle promises.
*: Camillus set upon the Gauls when they were amused in receiving their gold.
*: Being amused with grief, fear, and fright, he could not find the house.
: to entertain friends with lively conversation
: The motivational speaker not only instructed but also entertained the audience.
: They enjoy entertaining a lot.
*: Be not forgetful to entertain strangers...
: The committee would like to entertain the idea of reducing the budget figures.
: to entertain a proposal
*: I am not here going to entertain so large a theme as the philosophy of Locke.
*: A rumour gained ground, — and, however absurd, was entertained by some very sensible people.
*: You, sir, I entertain for one of my hundred.
*: to baptize all nations, and entertain them into the services and institutions of the holy Jesus
*: But neede, that answers not to all requests, / Bad them not looke for better entertayne […].