Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex. A study has linked low libido with the additives used to soften plastics which are found in every home. Women with the highest levels of phthalates in their bodies were more than twice as likely to say ‘not tonight dear’ as those with the lowest amounts. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a couple in bed. The wife has declined to have sex with her husband on the grounds that she has a headache (a classic excuse). Her husband thinks "it might have something to do with the PVC flooring". The joke is, of course, that the man is such a slob (= someone who is lazy or untidy) that no-one in their right mind would want to have sex with him!
1. To reckon is to believe that something is true. • I reckon there's something wrong with him.
2. In English you can use 'have got + ache' (when it forms part of a compound noun) with only 5 parts of the body: headache, earache, stomach ache, toothache and backache. All of these aches except headache are usually uncountable in British English so you don't use a or an with them. In American English, all these aches are countable so you use a or an with them.
- I've got (a) backache
- She's got (a) stomach-ache
- He's got a headache
- You've got (an) earache
- He's got (a) toothache
See here for a BBC PDF on describing illnesses.