Shit Girls Say, Ctd

Andrew Sullivan —  Dec 15 2011 @ 2:48pm

As the Dish awaits the straight dude version of this and this, a reader spoils all the fun:

Despite the widespread conviction that women talk like this but men talk like that, the truth is that our perceptions are often out of step with reality.  The best example of this is the use of the word "like" as a hedge.  It's widely perceived to be a predominantly female form of speech – when presented with written text, people overwhelmingly identify the use of the word "like" with women – but in fact there are studies that show that men use it about as much as women do. Here's a pretty extensive Language Log post on the subject.  Another common misconception is that women talk more than men do – read here.

My bottom line is that playing with stereotypes about how women talk may satisfy our intuitions about gender differences, but they're not obviously grounded in fact.