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Did someone just fart? (rhetorical)
This is a humorous way of alluding to a fart that cannot be overheard when in company. It appears in James Joyce's "Portrait of the Artist of a Young Man" when a group of students are discussing various philosophical issues. One of them farts and another of the group asks him: "Did an angel speak?". It is also defined on as "any loud fart in church". Joyce obviously used it humorously, aware of its religious connotations.
by michaelion January 25, 2011
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