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#229867 11/21/19 05:37 AM
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Anyone know the word that describes the following...you’re in a crowded room....5 to 50 or so....and suddenly there occurs complete silence for a few seconds...totally coincidental......what word describes this phenomenon?

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I cannot think of a specific word for this, but any of the following may be appropriate:

hush
lull
hiatus
cutoff

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"Hiatus" seems really appropriate to me, though "lull" is very common.


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Twenty minutes after the hour is the canonical time for this to occur.

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Fifteen minutes after the hour is the academic time.

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And when I was in academia, twenty minutes after the hour is the time when, the instructor having failed to appear, the students disperse.

But that's probably before you were born. These days I don't believe there are very many lectures any more anyway. All, all is online...


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