America’s young women are running out of oxygen.
What else could explain why so many of them sound like this.
So cute. So cute.
Hi. Hi. Hi.
Just kind of like my, you know, motto. You know, motto.
Komen Chloe just don't get it, get it, get it.
Believe it or not, there’s a scientific term for the way a Kardashian speaks, and it’s “vocal fry.”
It’s a low, creaky vibration produced by a fluttering of the vocal cords.
Speech pathologists call it a “disorder” that verges on “vocal abuse” and here is what looks like.
Call it a quirk, a trend, or an epidemic? Vocal fry is everywhere.
I am not staying here tonight, tonight.
The only reason I’m going is to just like network, network.
A recent study of women in college found that two thirds of them use this glottalization, which explains why the fry is a sizzling topic in The New York Times, on morning TV.
Sounds something like this. Ahhhh….
Even for NPR host. It’s annoying. I mean it’s really annoying….
When I was a tween in the early’ 80s, the Valley Girl was born.
She brought us alike and uptalk.
And there has been, like, a general cultural agreement that, like, that kind of speech leaves the user sounding air-heady and unprofessional.
But vocal fry is unique, because researchers have found that women who talk this way are seen by their peers as educated, urban-oriented, and upwardly mobile.
You love him and he totally compliment you, compliment you.
Some linguists even suggest that creaky young ladies are evolving our culture as linguistic innovators.
Taylor has a pretty good reputation in this business, business.
While, metaphorically, I encourage every woman to find her voice, I’m dismayed at how low it can go.
On my 16th birthday, birthday.
I’m burned out on the fry. It sounds underwhelmed and disengaged.
It’s annoying to listen to a young woman who sounds world-weary, and exactly like her 14 best friends.