Women and men know different words, research suggests

Some stereotypes are true

The stereotypes that women only talk about fashion among themselves or men are only interested in exchanging views on the newest car model is clearly and outdated way of thinking. But it seems there could actually be some truth in that, because according to data analysis from the Centre for Reading Research, men and women knew different words. The centre posted an online vocabulary test and analysed the first 500,000 results, focusing on differences in gender. Some words exhibited a large margin between the percent of men and women who reported knowing them. Here is a list of some of the words that are more familiar to men than women.


Definition: a military vehicle that combines the features of a jeep with those of a light truck.
Men who know it: 88%
Women who know it: 58%


Definition: Short for compressor/decompressor, a codec is any technology for compressing and decompressing data.
Men who know it: 88%
Women who know it: 48%


Definition: a two-footed animal.
Men who know it: 86%
Women who know it: 61%
Definition: a figure artificially constructed in the form of a human being and endowed with life.
Men who know it: 89%
Women who know it: 56%

Definition: a number indicating the ratio of the speed of an object to the speed of sound in the medium through which the object is moving.
Men who know it: 93%
Women who know it: 63%


Definition: a brand name for a very strong artificial material that is not damaged by high temperatures.
Men who know it: 93%
Women who know it: 65%

Definition: a two-handed sword with a double-edged blade, used byScottish Highlanders in the 16th century.
Men who know it: 87%
Women who know it: 58%

Definition: a curved, single-edged sword of Asian, especially Easternorigin.
Men who know it: 86%
Women who know it: 58%


Definition: a type of battleship armed with heavy-caliber guns in turrets:so called from the British battleship Dreadnought, launched in 1906,the first of its type.
Men who know it: 90%
Women who know it: 66%
Definition: A member of the majority faction of the Russian Social Democratic Party, which seized power in the October Revolution of 1917.
Men who know it: 85%
Women who know it: 60%