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Study: Women Speak 13K More Words a Day than Men

(ABC) — A brand new study breaks down why women out-talk men and helps uncover why ladies are actually hard-wired in a way that causes us to utter thousands more words per day than men.

Examples of the stereotype are everywhere. There was Sally who met Harry, and these days, Shoshana on HBO’s ‘Girls’ and then there’s Clint in ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.’

“Clearly, women speak more than men. [Clearly?] Clearly. I mean every hairdresser in the world can tell you that’s probably true,” says David Abrams, from Luxelab.

That’s not misogynistic or mean. Some say its a fact.

We took a random two minutes of “Live with Kelly and Michael” yesterday. Kelly used 43% more words than Michael and that guy is eloquent.

Researchers have claimed on average 20,000 words a day for a woman on average. Just 7,000 for a man.

ABC’s Nick Watt does spend a lot of time listening to my wife, and in his line of work, he meets some chatty Kathy’s.

[Specifically Kathy, what role did you play in the transformation of Tiffany?] “Well honestly, Tiffany did it the right way. Sometimes, we pass each other on the running path…” says Kathy Griffin.

And even some laconic men.

[Is it a date movie?] Bruce Willis replies, “It could be a date movie…I dunno. That’s a good question.”

Now they say it’s a protein, FOX-P2, which is essential for speech. Scientists at the University of Maryland did some exploratory research with rats.

Based on what they saw, these researchers say female persons have more of that speech protein than males.

ABC News did our own non-scientific survey in Santa Monica, Calif. At the Luxelab, they were talking a mile a minute.

Meanwhile down the street at Esquire, the sound of crickets chirping and scissors.

“No, no. We don’t talk about feelings in the barber shop, unless you feel like talking about sports,” says Vic, a barber at Esquire.

Maybe men should talk about emotions anyway, bearing the question of why men and women might have evolved this way?

Abrams suggests, “I’ve always believed that back when men had the big guns and they controlled everything much more than they do today. The only weapons women had were their wits and their words.”

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