BBC 6 Minute English
Is Man Flue Real
For a while now, the expression ‘man flu’ has been controversial. Many men say their illness is real, while many women say they are just being weak. But why is it that some men seem to suffer, or complain, more when they get sick than women?
A recently published study may have the answer. Can science prove that men really do suffer more, or do they just moan instead of getting on with it? Dan and Neil teach six items of vocabulary and discuss the issue.
This week’s question:
In a survey conducted by Nuts magazine that asked its readers how long they took to recover from a cold or flu, where women put an average of 1.5 days, what did men put?
a) 1 day
b) 2 days
c) 3 days
Listen to the programme to find out the answer.
a cold (informally)
when a person’s nose leaks mucus
continue despite difficulty
the situation where a person, often a man, tends to complain and exaggerate a small illness such as a cold
complaining repeatedly often in an annoying way
feelings of illness caused by a disease
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