In response to the previous post, Marrije Schaake writes:
Thanks for pointing once again to the Brizendine book. Her 'statistic' of women using 20.000 words to men using 7.000 words a day had also made it into a comic strip in Holland called Sigmund (www.sigmund.nl, yes, he's an analyst. I'm afraid I can't link to the right page, since they are on a rotating schedule). On December 6th this strip ran in De Volskrant. The lady says: scientists have determined that men use 7.000 words a day and women 20.000. Sigmund: 'Well!' Lady: Well done! Only 6.999 to go!
It sort of annoyed me, since this 'science' is what people will remember, as you say in your last paragraph. Sorry to say I didn't call the cartoonist on it. No wait, I'm going to send him a link to your article :-)
Posted by Mark Liberman at December 11, 2006 11:49 AM