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There’s a short passage that I don’t understand in a formal speech in a youtube video. The passage starts at 6:30, and the URL is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJJX123tIwA#t=6m25s Here is my transcript of the passage, with the part that I don’t get in boldface :

Catholic seminaries were almost emptied. Convents were a smouldering wreck of subtle or gemene messed-up nuns, who were the remnants of the vast numbers that used to be there.

The speaker is from Australia.

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This is what I hear:

Countless seminaries were almost emptied. Convents were a smouldering wreck of psychologically messed-up nuns who were the remnants of the vast numbers that used to be there. It was an astonishingly rapid collapse.

As you can see, you actually got two words wrong.

  • Thank you for your feedback. However, I still think it's "emptied" not "empty" here, I'm sure there's a "d" sound – new_user Jan 18 '18 at 7:22
  • I think you're right. I just gave it another listen and it does sound like there is a "d" at the end of empty. – Michael Rybkin Jan 18 '18 at 7:31

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