Peter sez: > > Just to keep you even more honest, how do you know its a "standing" >ovation. > Does applause sound any different if they are sitting? :) > > I'm telling you, ya gotta watch those adjectives with this group. > To which Mark retorts: > >Of course it does. Being farther from the floor will undoubtly cause >differences in reverb reflections, silly. Less so on a carpeted floor >with >upholstered chairs. well, to be even more pendantic*, I feel obligationalized to point out that "standing ovation" refers directly to the sound quality of the ovation, rather than the condition of the applauditors. This depends, of course, elaborately on the resonant frequency of the room, together with the particular configuralation of sound-bouncing ("echoleptic"?) objects present. An ovation is considerated "standing" when the accumulated crescendo of manual percussive echoes intersects a frequency node in the room and thus creates a standing wave. These nodes are more often found when the sound source originates approximately 40 inches above the floor, and therefore are highly correlated with incidences of audience entities having actually lumbered to their feet placing them in a standing position. Simran ps: *"pendantic," from my American Standard Dictionary of Malapropisms, is the ictological variant of pendant, meaning of or pertaining to little hangie things that swings back and forth, back and forth. Sorry for any confusion.