I love the sound you make when you shut up.
OK I’ll be the first to admit that I have sensitive hearing, but still, some people are very loud and never stop talking. We all know one!
Noise pollution has increased over the years, along with all other pollution. (In Cape Town the air is often bad and we rely on the Cape Doctor (our strong winds) to blow it away.)
All day long I hear loud cars and motorbikes on the freeway; and jumbo jets, which even though they are high up by the time they pass our house, are still loud!
When the neighbours have their garden service around, we have hours of very loud noise from the petrol mowers and weedeaters (strimmers). Typically this will happen when I have a friend round and we are sitting out under the trees in the garden. You cannot hear yourself think, let alone speak!
But go back a few hundred years and while it may have been quieter, I am sure it smelled a lot worse!