I’ve always liked word games and, having made a respectable career out of wordsmithery – yes, I’m counting that as a word, so there – like to think I’m pretty good with them.
So when I was asked to take part in a contest to see who were the best communicators – women or men, as represented by mum and dad bloggers – I was happy to say yes.
The mums and dads were divided into pairs. Each player and had one minute to describe a list of primary words to their opponent without using any of the related secondary words.
I was up against Penny from Being Mrs C and you can see how we fared in the video below.
The game was part of a promotion for Andrex Washlets and was based on a survey of 2,000 British adults to analyse their conversation.
It found that a whopping 47% of us Brits uphold the stiff upper lip stereotype and shy away from discussing tricky subjects. More of us dodge talking about bathroom habits than mental health issues and sex, apparently.
The survey also found that women are generally much better at broaching difficult or embarrassing topics.
So were the results of this word game consistent with those findings? You’ll just have to watch to find out!
By the way, if you’re worried about how to bring up the awkward subject of my rather overgrown appearance, there’s no need – the beard has gone and I’ve had my hair cut. Phew!
Update: August 2018
Oh dear, this took place so long ago that the video has since been removed. If memory serves, Penny won the challenge. Also, four years later, I still regularly look rather overgrown.