Psychologists say women are generally more articulate than men and anthropologists suggest it’s because women developed language.
In our dawn days women had all the time in the world to practise talking because they were usually together picking berries, cooking meat and looking after kids who never had to bath or have their noses wiped.
Fellow journalist Leon Marshall tells me of a crazed Piet-my-vrou (red-chested cuckoo) now squatting in the River Club area of Sandton. He writes: “The cuckoo’s call is normally such a pleasant sound when you hear it in October. You know spring has arrived.
“But this year the bird is making me look forward, just a bit, to the change of season. Don’t get me wrong. I normally love birds and bird song.”
After years of having a large garden, complete with corner compost heap where I spent many happy hours knee-deep in fresh manure (a lot of people assume I only write the stuff), I now live in a suburban stockade where we are reduced to buying manure in little bags.
Sad really, because growing vegetables was my only concession to do-it-yourself.