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?
“Muuummmmm, why did you just tell me to shut up or you’d dunk my head in the font?”
To mix several Christian-sounding narratives together.
“So then Jesus took the thorn out of Aslan’s paw…”
Snatched conversation between verses in a hymn.
“What does potentate mean?”
“What the hell is unction and how does one bestow it?”
“They’re playing this too slowly!”
Act of adjusting one’s clothing underneath a cassock.
To miss one’s duty on a church rota.
“We had to run out to the garage again for biscuits, Mary absconced.”
To attempt to work out where a tune is going in an unknown hymn or chorus resulting in a rather unpleasant ululation.
“I pannicled all the way through that new song this morning!”
cf. also tunicle
To misjudge, by a small but significant margin, the appropriateness of a slightly risque joke. Usually evidenced by a general silence and few truncated peals of raucous laughter.
Of an immediately baptised infant – to screw up the face, turn purple and inhale a very large breath, prior to screaming blue murder.