Got a message in whatsapp from a friend. The calm type, she is usually polite, does not use chat abbreviations, writes complete sentences with punctuation. Acknowledges each typo with a * in follow-up messages. A regular "what's up, what plans..." query from me got this reply: K has a cold. Just an %*#%@&* cold, but you'd think the troops being withdrawn from Syria should come straight to my home and help him get better. ^&%^# K is her husband. My calm friend typing special char*a$c^te#rs had me LOL. Why are men such babies even when they have just a cold? It is universal across cultures, east and west. Across generations. From our great-grandmothers' time to millennials now. .