How old is too old to Carry On flirting? sassy, sexy, sophisticated. she knows loads of words beginning with 's'.
Byline: Dawn Collinson MY SHOUT
A FRIEND who has just moved house rang to update me on how renovation work was going.
"I've got a man in," she said, and we both laughed in a nod to the '70s, when everyone laughed at that kind of thing.
"He's screeding my kitchen," she added, in a way that made me want to say "not a euphemism", even though clearly he was actually screeding her kitchen, not doing anything remotely saucy.
But then she had a confession. She'd commented on the smooth action of his screeding, possibly in a slightly - albeit jokily - suggestive tone, and wondered if she'd crossed a line.
"Do you think I've accidentally sexually harassed the tiler?" she asked. This was a concern for two reasons: firstly, he might tell all of his mates in the pub that a woman in her 40s was hitting on him, and secondly - and more worryingly - he might walk off the job and good tilers are very hard to find these days.
The problem, we agreed, was not so much what she'd said, but the age gap between flirter and flirtee.
He was, she estimated, somewhere in his early 20s. Young enough, therefore, to be her son.
But it honestly wasn't a Mrs Robinson scenario. More, "You really don't want me to seduce you, I haven't shaved my legs and I've got M&S three-for-atenner pants on".
Join the chat Is innuendo a bad thing? www.liverpoolecho.co.uk She had absolutely no intention of luring him away from his screeding . Have you seen what good tilers charge per hour? She was simply getting in some casual flirting practice, in the comfort of her own kitchen. Keeping her hand in, as it were, to make sure she hadn't got rusty with age. A bit like doing Sudoku or tequila shots.
I couldn't see a problem, no harm in a little light innuendo, surely? Or is there a cut-off age where you have to keep those sort of remarks to yourself and was his face the bearer of that bad news? "He didn't laugh," she explained. "And he didn't make any kind of comment back. In fact, I think he looked a little scared ..."
Oh, the innocence of youth, who've never seen a Carry On film. Doesn't he realise Barbara Winsdor's been made a dame? Double entendres all round to celebrate, I say.