– It’s an ugly word, she says.
– No, it’s not, I say.
– It isn’t really a real word, she says.
– Of course, it is, I reply.
– Well, I never heard it in England when I grew up. Shakespeare never used it.
– It’s a modern word. There are a lot of words that we use now that Shakespeare never used.
– Jilly Cooper never uses it.
– Well, she’s English. It must be an Aussie word
– Well, I think it’s a stupid word. I never heard it till you began using it.
And that’s how it began: a stoush over the word ‘stoush’.