Turned on the radio this morning to hear someone saying, “The problem is that in Britain, people have the concept that ‘mass is so boooring, so boooring,’ and you just don’t get that in the rest of Europe and America.”
And: “The other thing is that in Britain people stop doing mass when they’re about 16 or so, whereas in other places they keep it up till much later.”
And I’d just about formed the thought, How interesting, hearing people on the BBC talking about declining attendance at religious activities as a problem! and, I wonder if the Catholics have any strategies for keeping their young people that are different from ours? – when I realised that actually, they were talking about maths.
Moral: don’t try to decipher fricatives without a spectrogram handy.