In 1960, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan was giving a speech on nuclear test bans before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. His speech was interrupted several times by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, shouting out remarks and at one point banging his shoe on the desk. What was Macmillan’s reply?

Answer: Macmillan sarcastically asked the assembly if the shoe-banging could be translated. Banging a shoe on a table was explained as a traditional Russian peasant form of interjection.

Source: The Cassell Dictionary of Anecdotes by Nigel Rees

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