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An acquaintance asked Nasreddin Hodja to act as a witness in a court case and lie on his behalf in front of the kadı. The man insisted so much that, at the end, the Hodja agreed to back him up in court. When the suit came before the kadı, Hodja’s acquaintance presented his case.

“Kadı Effendi, the defendant owes me two sacks of wheat.”

Upon this accusation, the kadı asked Nasreddin Hodja, the witness, what he had to say.

“Yes Kadı Effendi,” the Hodja started to give his false account, “The defendant owes two sacks of oat to the plaintiff.” The plaintiff was alarmed and immediately attempted to correct.

“Kadı Efendi, the Hodja had a slip of the tongue, he meant to say wheat.”

“What difference does it make if it’s oat or wheat, so long as it’s a lie!” the Hodja quipped.



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