A large minority of pensioners are prone to wittering, and this is usually seen as a quirkily endearing characteristic of the age group in general.

In its mildest form, wittering involves starting a sentence without any clear idea of its content or meaning and continuing to talk until you can no longer think of any reason to carry on.

Wittering may develop from waffling, particularly if you’ve been involved in art history, economics or wine appreciation and in rare cases, may evolve into frittering (freestyle wittering) which is usually marked by continuous repetition of meaningless phrases such as “kangaroo bungalow sofa” or “thank you for enhancing my shopping experience by hiding the Marmite among the skincare products”.

Wittering is sometimes seen as evidence of early onset dementia, especially if you choose to live there before the age of 55.