LISTENING last night to a CD of exerpts from Stephen Fry’s BBC4 radio program, “English Delight”, I was amused by an episode on the differences between the way men and women use language. I was particularly struck by an interview with Prof. Jennifer Coates, who seems to have made a lifelong career of studying and publishing in this fairly arcane, but fascinating field. As you will hear in the clip below, Coates observes that women – as a generalisation – tend to converse in a way which suggests the ensemble playing of jazz musicians. See if you agree with her.
So next time I’m accused of talking over people, I’m just going to say “I’m jamming!”