To try to come to an opinion on a matter of no objective importance, but which those seeking an opinion deem vital.


“Hmm, I think the blackcurrant squash would better suit the bishop’s visit.  Purple, you know.  To be honest, Marjorie, I think that orange is frankly silly.  What do you think, vicar?”




Embarrassingly loud children’s stage-whispers, uttered during silent prayer and audible to everyone in church and some outside.

“Muuuuummm, why has that lady got a lump on her nose?

Mum?  Mum?…”


“Muuummmmm, why did you just tell me to shut up or you’d dunk my head in the font?”