Can you whistle?

Allison Tait blog
Posted on June 19, 2013

Can you whistle?

It’s easy, remember? All you do is just pucker up your lips and blow*.

Except I can’t. Whistle, that is.

Oh, I make this kind of pathetic, hideous, high squeaking noise. Nothing tuneful. No control. Just wispy squealing.

The boys think it’s hilarious.

Mr6 can whistle. Boy, can he whistle. Theme tunes from Harry Potter, Star Wars, Young Justice League. Lovely, tuneful LOUD whistling reverberating around the house.

It drives me crazy. Particularly when, as now, I’m trying to concentrate and he’s feeling particularly joyful because he’s home from school, in his dressing gown, having a sick day. His joie de vivre cannot be contained and spills over in outbursts of uncontrolled whistling.

Some might say I’m just jealous.

Those people have not lived with an enthusiastic whistler.

So, can you whistle? Or do you too live with an enthusiastic whistler?

*Actual quote: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow” – Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not


  1. Anonymous

    Check out the Peppa Pig episode on the subject. Hilarious! Especially the telephone scene. They quote Bacall too.

  2. Sam Stone

    I can whistle but I don’t. My uncle whistles all the time, it drives me nuts when I am with him.

  3. Lucy Mulvany

    I whistle loud and in tune. I cannot sing in tune, but I can whistle in tune, how does that work?

    One of my older brothers is good at absolutely EVERYTHING. Charmed life. Anything he tries, he achieves. APART FROM whistling. He can’t. At all. So I whistle to irritate him…hahaha!

  4. Jodi Gibson

    I can whistle I just choose not to. My husband is a whistler and so is Miss 7 and I tell you it drives me bananas! I hate it!

  5. Susan Moore

    Ha – sadly, the ability to whistle really well is pretty much the only talent I have. You know that line in ‘Walk Like An Egyptian”? I could do that. Big whoop. It’s a skill no-one wants, so don’t worry if you lack it!

  6. Kelly Exeter

    I cannot whistle either. But thankfully, neither can Mr 4.

    I don’t understand how come some people can whistle and others can’t though. It is very weird!

  7. Erin

    I struggle to whistle myself so I do sympathise. However my husband and children can all whistle so well they can whistle whole songs. Just imagine whistling away stanzas of Christmas songs etc! Great party trick

  8. joeh

    I had a wooden whistle, but it wooden whistle;
    I got a steel whistle, but it steel wooden whistle;
    So I got a tin whistle, and now I tin whistle!

    Sorry, you say whistle and that just gets in my head!

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