There’s a 2007 study out there that has come to the conclusion that women speak 16,215 words per day and men speak 15,669 words per day. Define a day. If I only need 5 hours of sleep every night, I’ve got a whole lot more time to accumulate words as opposed to someone who needs 8. Is it based on having a conversation with someone else or does talking to yourself count? Do conversations with inanimate objects or machines count? If you are talking and no one is there to hear it, are you really talking?
If I’m in a good mood, I might talk a little more than a bad mood. If I spend most of my time in a library, I might talk a whole lot less than someone that spends their day on the phone for a marketing company. If you work for a month in customer service for an internet company, chances are you don’t speak any words at all anymore since you you’ve lost your voice dealing with all those irate customers every minute of every day.
Would one be inclined to talk more or less if stranded on a deserted island? You’d probably be talking more than everybody else simply to avoid going bat shit crazy. If I’m a ventriloquist, should we include the words I speak for the wooden dummy?
Sorry, but they need to break it down a little more…