Coughing During Concerts Is No Accident – People Do It On Purpose
on purpose: to do something intentionally
Did you know that at a classical music concert, the audience coughs two times more than usual? Although coughing disrupts the musicians, research shows that people do it on purpose. Professor Andreas Wagener says this coughing is not random. It happens much more in slow, calm parts of the music or when the piece is new or complicated. Even stranger, if one person coughs, others start doing it too, like a chain reaction.
Some say it’s a way for the audience to join in or get some attention. Maybe they are bored, or they want to react but can’t clap or shout. Whatever the reason, next time you’re at a classical music concert, notice the coughing concert happening around you.
1. He missed the goal on purpose because he didn’t want his team to win.
2. He answered the question wrong on purpose to make his friend laugh.
3. She spilled the juice on purpose because she wanted to make me clean it up.
Cacophony of sound? People cough on purpose during classical concerts, research finds