Monday, February 10, 2014

Estimating the age of women ...


Declan Hughes, in All the Dead Voices, shows the same aptitude and befuddlement at trying to estimate women's ages these days as myself:

"Anne Fogarty was about forty but looked thirty-five, or maybe she was thirty-five and looked her age.  It was hard to tell these days, when 21-year-olds were so primped and groomed and orange-faced they often looked like startled 55-year-old millionaires' wives with too much work done."

All I know is your best keeping any estimates to yourself - whatever you guess, whether it's too young or old it's going to offend in some way.

3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Rob - A very wise and well-made point! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Rob- I agree far too tricky for any man to deal with today.
But for me the real annoyance is when I ask for a reduced seniors ticket and they don't ask for ID.

Rob Kitchin said...

No comment! Other than to say a couple of years ago I got on a bus with my grandfather and we got into difficulties because they wanted to see his pass and didn't believe he was senior enough. He was 90 at the time!