I created quite a stir at the Unitarian Church last Sunday. Mary Ellen was embarrassed when she first heard it. The entire congregation was starting to look in my general direction. Noelle started elbowing her husband. She thought Dan was the instigator. Dan was almost 100 percent sure it wasn’t him. Spouses were poking each other, and some of the kids were giggling. My wife thought I should excuse myself from the sanctuary.
Was that my stomach growling?
No one has this identification problem with other bodily eruptions. Everyone clearly knows who the originator is—although with one sound in particular (and its result) there is usually blame-shifting that unfairly maligns the family dog. But with things like sneezing, hiccupping and coughing, it’s seldom an issue.