What Is “Vocal Fry” And Why Is Everyone So Worried About It?
According to Bob Garfield, host of NPR's On The Media, young people's (especially young women's) speech patterns are becoming "really annoying." On a recent podcast, Garfield described the sound as “a door creaking or a hinge that needs oiling" and he begged for it to come to an end: “I want the oil to sto…
Women Rule When It Comes To Words
Women! Our strange vocal tics and annoying upspeak patterns are actually groundbreaking and important, so says science. Linguists now say that a lot of the vocal embellishments women and girls use are actually a lot more sophisticated and refined than previously thought. Take that, Valley Girl doubters!