A conversation with a pond-dipper's mother this afternoon, as I gently moved a three-spined stickleback with my fingers.
Mother: Do they bite?
Marsh tit: No, not like the Garra rufa that are used for pedicures in spas.
Mother: They've stopped doing that now, because of people with AIDS and that.
Marsh tit (perplexed): Really?
Mother: Yeah, they reckon you can catch HMV.
Marsh tit (unsure whether the epidemiological or the orthographic was the grosser inaccuracy): Crumbs.