Do Women Really Talk Like This?

The Curmudgeon has explained in the past that when it comes to television, it’s anything goes for him when he’s riding his stationary bike before work on weekdays between 8:00 and 8:30. He’ll surf by the network morning shows, which are pretty awful, and even Jerry Springer, the Bravo network, and E are in the mix as he seeks something to make the fifteen minutes of pedaling at least somewhat bearable. Music, alas, doesn’t do the job.

Often that just means channel-surfing: flicking from one channel to another up and down the dial (okay, there hasn’t been a dial for thirty years, but you know what The Curmudgeon means).

In this context, three times last week he saw an ad for Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York in which the women were arguing (you thought maybe Bravo was going to promote the show by airing an excerpt from the women discussing whether Mario Vargas Llosa or Isabelle Allende is more representative of contemporary South American fiction?) and that ray of sunshine, Bethenny Frankel, turned to one of the women with whom she was doing verbal battle and declared “Blow me.”

Now The Curmudgeon is no prude. He’s heard this phrase before – but always spoken by men to men. He’s never heard a woman say it and he’s never heard anyone say it to a woman.

Is he mistaken? When women are angry with one another and arguing do they really use the expression “blow me” or is this just another case of the ever-charming Ms. Frankel demonstrating once again that you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl?

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