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Chris Evans, 54, often speaks about his family life on his Virgin Radio show and on Tuesday, listeners got another little taste of what it’s like living in the Evans’ household. This time, he revealed what kind of behaviour his wife Natasha, 39, allows at the dinner table when it comes to mobile phone usage.
Last night, we were allowed a family Google and it was the etymology of the word meme
The family appears have rather sophisticated dinners, as the BBC radio DJ explained they are allowed to Google one thing when they’re sat at the table if the conversation required it.
Speaking to his co-stars Vassos Alexander and Rachel Horne, Chris divulged what went down at the dinner table on Monday evening.
“You’re always allowed one Google at meal times in our house but it’s one family Google,” he said.
“And only if Tash is having a fantastic day!”
He revealed they often study the etymology of certain words, and the focus of Monday night’s dinner was the origin of the word ‘meme’.
“Last night, we were allowed a family Google and it was the etymology of the word meme,” he said.
“A meme is from the Ancient Greek…” he trailed off, egging his co-stars to have a go at guessing the word.
After a rush of failed guesses from Vassos, which left the studio in fits of giggles at his pronunciation, Chris finally revealed what it stands for.
“Mimeme, it means imitate.
“It’s taking something and doing it again which is what most memes do,” he continued.
Vassos and Rachel welcomed the new information, before Chris confessed he might have pushed it a little far with his next request.
“Then I said: ‘Can we have an additional etymology Google?’ and they said: ‘Yes’ and I suggested ‘pathogen’ and everyone glazed over!”
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Chris has previously spoken about his family’s dinner table etiquette and had a big question he needed to know the answer to, following an interesting discussion with Natasha one evening.
Inviting etiquette expert William Hanson to the show, who gave the Virgin Radio breakfast show team a quick rundown about good table manners, Chris was eager to get to the bottom of the two-sided argument about whether or not it was wrong to put elbows on the dinner table.
They were deep conversation about his new UK tour Teacups and Tiaras: A History of Etiquette, when Chris revealed that Natasha had got cross with him and their two older children Noah and Eli at dinner one evening, when she caught them with their elbows on the table.
Not understanding why it was such an issue, Chris asked what the problem was.
“Now, I always put my elbows on the table and my wife had a go at the kids and in a moment of madness a couple of weeks ago, I brought this up,” he said.
“I said ‘What’s wrong with the kids putting their elbows on the table?’ and in the end, to my greatest relief she said ‘I don’t really know, I was always told to do this by my nan and she was great with manners and etiquette.’”
“I think certainly it’s slightly shifted,” William replied.
“When there’s food on the table – absolutely not but at the end of the meal, when your host is doing it…” he insinuated it was acceptable to follow suit.
The Chris Evans Breakfast Show airs weekdays at 6.30am on Virgin Radio.
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