29 March, 2009
The semi-detached mind at loose in the Multiculture
"Here, ring this number and they will help you with your addiction."
At least that's what I eventually decided she'd said. Now, it may say more about me than about the young lady's fairly thick accent that what I actually heard was
"Here, ring this number and they will help you with your erection."
The mind boggled gently for about 10 seconds — after all, we were on the periphery of Soho — while the necessary phonetic and sociolinguistic postprocessing and reluctant reevaluation took place in my ageing brain.