Ah, OK... sorry my brain didn't work properly on Friday. I agree, private messages on here would be good. By the way, I have noticed that almost no one here in Poland speaks English... and if they do, you don't understand them. There were some minor problems with public transport yesterday, and if this is the case when I go back to Berlin, I will be lost as I won't be able to understand anyone or make myself understood! I really hope I'll be back in Berlin in time!
Oh dear, I’ll keep my fingers crossed (or “press my thumbs” whichever you prefer) that everything goes smoothly now. And about your last message on You-Know-Which-Social-Networking-Platform-Other-Than-Facebook: Phonetics. As long as you are not expected to produce qualified responses, a little phonetic analysis can turn the most tedious and one-sided conversation into a thrilling adventure. Also works with lengthy lectures. ;-)
What I tried to tell you was that noise produced by other voices, of course consists of frequencies close to those which we use for talking. (Being human and all that.) So though it might not be perceived as especially loud, such noise pretty efficiently scrambles our communication. Since I don’t have a strong voice I used to call to a friend of mine (at school) in a very low register if it got noisy in the room. That way he could understand me fairly well. Also, on a completely unrelated note: Eureka! But I’ll send you a private message, explaining that. Private messaging is a feature this site lacks—and that by design I’m afraid. (I doubt that the Wordie/Wordnik spirit is so fragile that it would suffer in any way from such an addition but last time I suggested it, those worries abounded. Perhaps, a little postscript like this, added from time to time might serve to dispel such fears . . .)
Yay, I’ve found you! I’ve read The Picture of Dorian Gray, by the way; had I known that what the noise kept you from telling me was “Dorian” and not “Dominic”, the contextual help would have proven perfectly effectual. ;-)