30 miles to Portsmouth

Déjà vu : from French, literally “already seen”, is the phenomenon of having the strong sensation that an event or experience currently being experienced has been experienced in the past, whether it has actually happened or not.

 

Parent: How far is it to Portsmouth from this point?

Child: 30 miles

Parent: Really?

[Turns to parent sitting in the back seat]

Parent: Do you believe that? 30 miles?

Parent: I think it’s about 32 miles

[Child grips wheel and continues driving steadily at 70 mph]

Parent: Look at the next road sign and see what it says

Cars passes road sign which reads – Portsmouth 30 miles

Both parents: Oh yes, it is 30 miles

[Child signs, takes one hand off the wheel and gestures sign of frustration]

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