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What Is “Vocal Fry” And Why Is Everyone So Worried About It?

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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 stop frying. I want someone to wave a magic wand over a significant portion of the American public and have the frying come to an end.”

Unbeknownst to me, this speech pattern epidemic has a name. Vocal fry. I’ve included a video about it by YouTube user AbbynormalOne so you can get an audio sample. It’s kind of like the modern-day, more gravelly, Valley Girl lilt. And although she’s not solely responsible for it, you can thank people like Britney Spears for making vocal fry popular. Think: “It’s Britney, bitch!”  Keep reading »

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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!

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