Men Speak 7000 Words Per Day?

Do men speak 7000 words per day and women use 20,000?  Need proof?  Check out my guy’s typical text messages.

Let me set the mood.  It’s around 6 p.m. on a Tuesday and I’m getting hungry.


“Are you coming home for dinner?” I texted, carefully spelling out each word with my thumbs.

“Ya,” he texted back in a microsecond.

“What do you want to eat?”


“Okay, see you tonight.”


See what I mean?

Actual Words

And when it came to using actual words in a live conversation, it was more of the same.  But the moment I turned on a blender, dust buster, hair dryer or hand mixer, he became a human magpie.

After breakfast, I asked, “What do you want to do this weekend?”

“Dunno,” he said.

“Should we ask Mary and Frank over for dinner?”

“Hmmmm,” he said, scratching his chin.

He’s impossible.

Clenching my teeth, I popped off the sofa and turned on the vacuum. Vroom, vroom.

Out of the corner of my eye, I sensed movement.  He was gesturing wildly with his hands and his lips were moving faster than the fan belt in our car.

In a garble tone he said, “I thump ya wanna talka.” He threw his hands up in the air and yelled through the whistling of the vacuum,  “Let’s goa seep a movie.”

You got to be kidding me?!  I was sitting next to this man for over an hour.  He mastered the one word conversation and now he has something to say?

“What did you say?” I said, turning off the Hoover.


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  1. Sometimes when it comes to spouses Silence is Golden-
    When in need of stimulating conversation- Call a girlfriend !

  2. My husband has built in tolerance limits. After I’ve spoken twenty-five words, his eyes glaze over, after fifty he starts shuffling away. I’ve learned to reserve my most important conversations for drives into San Francisco where he’s a captive audience for at least fifty minutes.

  3. Men have few words to say- it’s the way they’re wired, I guess. When I need my husband to listen all-ears and to have a discussion, I ask him to take me to a restaurent, or to go for a walk with the dogs. There, I have his undidvided attention and it’s amazing how much he can talk.

  4. I love this. After 30 years of marriage I’ve learned to remove all electronic devices before talking. I call it selective hearing. Thanks for the fun post!

    • staceygustafson says

      I refuse to talk to my husband when he is texting. It’s multi-tasking. And we all know it’s not a guy thing to do more than one task at a time.

  5. OMG, I can totally relate to this! Except when I’m trying to get some work done. Then, my husband will not STOP talking.

    • staceygustafson says

      My husband prefers to talk to me when I’m doing the laundry or chatting on the phone! Then he can claim, “I already told you that.”

  6. I have the opposite – a husband who talks constantly and about everything under the sun. He was one of those middle children, I think, who talk constantly and then look surprised when someone is actually listening. Luckily, I find it endearing.

    • staceygustafson says

      Before my son hit puberty, he was quite the talker. I had to fake an excuse to escape to the other room for quiet. Now he talks less than 100 words a day!

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