“A Victorian lady has just walked past” my mum remarked as we walked through Liverpool city centre.
“A Victorian lady has just walked past?” I repeated in disbelief.
“No, I said a tall young lady has just walked past. How could a Victorian lady have just walked past?” my mum asked.
“She might have been in fancy dress” I responded.
The above exchange reminded me of Chinese Whispers, a game in which the first player says something which is relaid to the next person in the group who then passes it on to another player. The last person in the group is asked what he heard and this is compared with what was originally said. So
“Don’t be late for dinner tonight” becomes “I won’t be late tonight” or something even more bizarre!
Prior to the exchange my mum, her partner and I had just visited Liverpool’s historic Central Library the first part of which was constructed in 1860. I can only conjecture that my mind, still being full of the Victorian buildings somehow transformed “tall young lady” into “Victorian lady!” Perhaps I need to have my hearing tested!