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We were in hysterics as they looked like they were barely past puberty."In the weeks and months to come, Karin and her copious friends won't just be described as "sexy older women" in the pubs and nightclubs they frequent.
They will be dubbed "cougars" - and cited as evidence of a remarkable new social trend.
Fellow divorcee Karin Bacardi-Fien, also 48, has already run the gauntlet of horrified children.
"Since the beginning of time, women have been basically valued for their youth and their beauty, and men have been valued for their ability to provide for a family.Whether they will be flattered or disgusted by the term is another matter, though.Quite what constitutes a cougar is the matter of much debate.The term "urban cougar" was first used in the States to describe older women who aggressively date - or prey on, as the lingo goes - younger men.Later this year the film Cougar Club -starring Faye Dunaway and Carrie Fisher - is released in the UK.
But is this film really reflecting a genuine social trend? It's no longer just the likes of Demi Moore, Madonna and Joan Collins who are proud to say they prefer dating younger men.