Do you supply the the tennis ball?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by aaronsun666, May 25, 2015.

  1. aaronsun666

    aaronsun666 Senior Member

    Northeast China
    Mandarin
    The Big Bang Theory Season 05 Episode 19

    Sheldon's going to attend a 93 year-old woman's birthday party, so he goes to pick out a gift at Stuart's store and asks for recommendation.

    Stuart: Could put a tennis ball on the end of Excalibur. Make a pretty badass cane.
    Sheldon: Do you supply the the tennis ball?
    Stuart: No.

    Does the word supply have the implication of giving the tennis ball away for free when making purchase of the Excalibur? Or we don't know if it's free or not?
    Or it just simply means if they sell tennis balls or not.
     
  2. fiercediva

    fiercediva Senior Member

    New York, NY
    American English
    Stuart owns a comic book store that also sells related fantasy and science-fiction memorabilia, like replica Excalibur swords (Wikipedia).
    He doesn't have tennis balls in the store.

    He is joking that Sheldon could put a tennis ball on the end of a toy sword to make a "badass cane" for Amy's elderly aunt.

    In the U.S., some elderly people put tennis balls on the feet of orthopedic walkers (image) without wheels in order to make them glide more smoothly.
     
  3. aaronsun666

    aaronsun666 Senior Member

    Northeast China
    Mandarin
    Thank you, Diva!
     

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