"Give me the baseball score," he said.
"What's the magic word?" I replied, getting tired of his pushy manner.
"What do you mean?" he said.
Slowly, I said, "What's the magic word?" I put emphasis on "magic."
He paused several seconds, sighed and said "Please." I gave him the score, and he slammed the phone.
Remember, politeness counts.
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