Whatever Nasruddin said, the scholar mocked him. "Good sir, you don't know who from whom, nor do your subjects and your verbs agree. Clearly, you've never studied grammar. What a wasted life!"
The ship was then caught in a storm. "Abandon ship!" shouted the captain.
"Good sir," said Nasruddin, "did you ever study swimming?"
The scholar stared at the waves in terror.
"I suspected as much," said Nasruddin. "What a wasted life!"
Nasruddin then jumped into the water and swam safely to shore.
The scholar, however, did not.
Inspired by: This is Nasruddin Tale Type T0002.
Notes: This story also appears in Rumi's Mathnawi.