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Justice Stephen Breyer has been married to a British subject (wife Joanna) for more than 40 years, but he confessed recently he still does not comprehend Britishisms in language — or so he joked in a speech May 28 at the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. Breyer said that when he is in London, he is still puzzled when he sees signs in the tube that say “mind the gap.” Breyer asked rhetorically, “What does that mean? ‘Take care of a well-known clothing store?’ ‘A hollow space between the ears?’”

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