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  • I found that interesting too, Ann Marie. Other sleep-related words (like tired, bed, and yes, nap) also appear to be skewed this way. For whatever reasons, men seem significantly less inclined to tweet about these things.

  • I wonder if that has to do with women being more often the primary caretakers of their children and also more likely to share information about those kids to their support network: “Child taking a nap, can tweet now” or “Why won’t she go to sleep? Help!” sorts of tweets.

  • It’s quite likely to be a factor, Leonore. I would say there are many things affecting the relative disproportion of men and women’s sleep-related tweets. Also, from my own experience (small sample size, unsystematic observation), women are much more likely to tweet about their state of tiredness and their sleeping patterns, e.g., not being able to sleep, or having slept well or not.

  • The “sleep” word is interesting Stan – in being used more by women than men. I wonder is there an element of “macho” about Not using it? I say this because it reminds me of my late father who saw needing sleep as a sign of weakness! He survived on very little sleep and if he was caught with his eyes closed late at night when we got home after a night out, he would declare he wasn’t sleeping but resting his eyes….!

  • Helen: I think there probably is an element of machismo in this case. It’s not manly to admit to being tired! Even Homer Simpson said that sleep was “for the weak”…

  • Earlier today my sister told me she overheard a heated debate in Dublin airport about hurling, in which someone – possibly a Kilkenny hurler – was described as “cute as a fox, the hoor”. Interesting combination of phrases!