Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Stop Talking Like That!

There's a scene in a movie called In a World where the main character, a voiceover artist, passes a girl on the street. The girl says something and the voiceover artist hands her a business card.

"I just want to give you my card. I'm not a vocal coach anymore, but I would make an exception for you because you sound like a squeaky toy. And I don't mean that in a bad way."



Squeaky-toy voice is annoying. But there's a voice issue that has been bothering me for a while. When we went on vacation, it seemed every 20-something female I met was speaking this way. It's called vocal fry--that sound that has apparently caught on thanks to Kim Kardashian's mind control of America. Here's are some samples of it if you'd like to hear it.



As the woman explains in the video, speech pathologists consider it a disorder. It can actually damage the vocal cords. Yet they'll continue to do it as the rest of us roll our eyes.



Studies have shown that speaking this way makes someone less hirable. Interestingly, though, a separate survey found that someone who speaks this way is seen as more urban and intelligent. See...told you Kim Kardashian has brainwashed them all. 



Apparently she hasn't yet infected the brains of hiring managers across America, though. So if you think your creaky voice is cute, 20-something women, you might want to disguise it before you try to land a job in an office.



Have you noticed anything odd about the way young people talk?

70 comments:

  1. It's a disorder - funny!
    I really hadn't noticed the way they speak because usually they are glued to their cell phones, texting away, which requires no speaking. (Whatever happened to using the phone to make a phone call, anyway?)

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    1. Maybe that generation got so tired of listening to each other talk, they just turned to texting!

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  2. I had no idea this was even a thing. I am really out of the loop. Hmm, maybe that's a good thing? :)

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    1. I was just reading a string of comments the other day where people were saying "This is just how our generation talks now. People need to get used to it."

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  3. It's, like, very annoying. It's as irritating as the word like that seems to be inserted in, like, every sentence uttered by some people today.

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    1. And that started with the Valley Girl trend in the 80s. Who knew THAT was going to stick?!

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  4. Hmm...that creaky thin is very annoying. Also kids never say yes anymore, they always say "I do!"

    Are you going out tonight? "I am." Do you have a job this year? "I do!" It literally drives me insane and is not in my opinion awesome at all.

    Do I like these new speech patterns? "Noah."

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    1. I do? I hadn't heard of that one. Now I'll be noticing it. They're practicing for their wedding day?

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  5. Thankfully I haven't heard this. Anyone who looks up to those idiots anyway deserves to lose their voice. Hopefully hiring managers keep their brain.

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    1. Hiring managers don't like it, but that Faith woman cites a study that says their peers find them more intelligent and confident? I couldn't find that study. For me it's more the overall way they speak--usually vocal fry is combined with some weird new-ish version of Valley Girl speak that makes them look shallow.

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  6. I was so, oh that's how my character sounds in my head, like...

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  7. I had not heard what this was called before; very fascinating, especially how it can affect the vocal cords. All I know in my experience of 35 plus years with medical transcription, there are some voices that drive me crazy, one of which is young women who talk kind of sing-song if that makes sense. Almost like the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard.

    betty

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    1. Oh yeah! Or how about people who drag one syllable out to 20. I'm so tiiiiiiiiiiired-uhhhhh. There are twins on a reality show I watch that do that and people have taken to making fun of them by recapping what they say exactly as they say it. Liz says she needs to talk to Becky tooooooniiiiiiight-uhhhhhh.

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  8. Tu quoque Brute fili? You are no longer the last blog or site, beside my own, which never mentions that plague of Craptrashians! :)

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    1. I'm proud to say I saw a picture of Kim Kardashian the other day and spent a few minutes racking my brain, trying to remember who she was! It was someone's avatar. I do take deep offense at the fact that what that family does qualifies as "news."

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  9. ah yes, I know this! I read a while ago that girls are actually trying to sound more like Kim K! um, no thank you lol

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    1. And BE like her. The first time I ever heard of her, a youngish woman was telling me Kim was her idol. I said, "What does she do?" She said, "Huh?" "What does she DO that makes you idolize her?" She stammered for a minute, then said, "She's just...pretty."

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  10. Why would anyone want to emulate Kim K? Seriously. What has happened to people.

    Okay, back to my knitting. Bwahahahahahahaha.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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    1. Apparently teens and 20-somethings watch her closely and try to imitate the way she talks, dresses, walks... UGH. Not that she isn't pretty, but I'd rather see a generation of women aspiring to be like Hillary Clinton.

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  11. Ack! That really bothers me as well! I don't understand it. And honestly, what will that do to their voice after a few years? It can't be good!

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    1. I don't think so--I wonder if vocal fry will become a permanent condition for most people.

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  12. I am laughing right now because I love this blog post! You made my day Stephanie:) I hate this voice! I find this voice and that many young women talk through their nose. They often sound nasally and this goes with it. They all sound like morons. I used to scoff at etiquette lessons but I think this needs to be brought back in. We need to learn how to talk like a lady and walk like one never mind more things. Add the young men as well who think it is fine to say "whaaz...up? The laziness in voice and demeanor is so sad. Oh look at me go!!

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    1. I know...that part in the video clip where the girls are saying "So cute, so cute" is exactly what I'm talking about. Vocal fry or not, that nasally valley girl thing is SO annoying!

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  13. Omg I hate this!!! It's so annoying!! Lol. It's like a combo of bad valley girl meets speech impediment. Uhhhh

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    1. And when we were on vacation, I'd ask my sister and brother-in-law if they noticed it in the young women we were around and they said NO! They're from Chicago--so I'm guessing it's the norm there.

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  14. THANK YOU! It reminds me so much of the valley girl speak from the 80s (and I actually like that better). I'm shocked to hear that anyone, anywhere thinks this makes for educated speech. In my opinion, it has just the opposite effect.

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    1. Yeah, valley girl speak was nothing compared to this!

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  15. I have heard this talk, but didn't know it had a name or was in the news! I've been calling it, 'lazy talk' because it reminds me of someone who acts too tired to enunciate.

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  16. My boyfriend's 8 year old daughter tries to do this and it is SO annoying!

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    1. Tries and fails?! Since it's bad for her vocal cords, she probably shouldn't work on it!

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  17. The image of what it looks like is gross. The sound? It gets my hackles up every time. I think it sounds pseudo-sophisticated.

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    1. I suppose that's what they are trying to do. It just reminds me of the Kardashians, which remind me mostly of that ongoing SNL routine making fun of them! TONS of vocal fry in this skit:

      https://screen.yahoo.com/happy-holidays-kardashians-000000061.html

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  18. Hadn't heard the term for this glottalization but prefer hearing it over uptalk --another word your post teaches me here-- which turned declaratives into interrogatives.

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    1. Uptalk is VERY annoying! I remember reporters advising women against doing that when *I* was in my early 20s!

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  19. I guess I'm really out of touch. I've never heard Kim Kardashian talk until now. I really know nothing about her. The kids I'm around I haven't noticed them talking that way. Maybe I should visit the schools and get up to date. Interesting post.

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    1. I think the less you know about Kim Kardashian and crew, the better your life will be.

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  20. There's too many bad ways to talk it's hard to focus on just one

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  21. thanks for the education! i don't watch reality tv or 'youthful' 20-something programming, so i had missed this whole trend (altho i had heard it occasionally). now i know the technical term. ;)

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  22. I have noticed that and I do find it absolutely annoying but I didn't know there was a name for it. The other thing that annoys me is the fact that a lot of people says the word, "like" dozens of times during the time they are talking about something.

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  23. My throat hurts just from listening to that video. Ouch. That has to hurt your throat!

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  24. I didn't know that had a name for this affliction. May it pass from our lives quickly.

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  25. I avoid anything Kardashian related.
    Cute video:)

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  26. I have definitely heard people talking this way, and am now wondering if I ever do it! I loved the video because now more about it. I had no idea it started with the Kardashians or that it was bad for you! Interesting post!

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  27. young people sound the same as they always have to me - complaining and whining and "are you serious?" "no way" etc - the squeaky annoying voices dont come from ohio! it amazes me how KK is still so watched. sometimes i'm embarrassed to call myself an american! oh well - kids will be kids (even 20s)

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  28. That was a really interesting video! I haven't really noticed this trend much (but then again, I live in the middle of nowhere and most everyone speaks like, well, a hick), but I'll keep an ear out for it when school starts. I'm almost curious to see which girls are using it :)

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  29. I had no idea there was a name for this. I don't like this creaking voice.

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  30. I had not noticed. I will from now on, though. Thanks for that :P

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  31. I haven't noticed vocal fry. I've never heard a Kardashian speak because I ignore them. For so long we've had "you know," "like," and up talking. I try to avoid those.

    Love,
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  32. Fortunately, the only young people I'm around is my 14 year old daughter and her friends, and she never talks like that. Instead, she talks like boxer landing multiple pinpoint jabs to the face: short, staccato and penetrating. Short sentences or long, she sounds exactly the same.

    I pity any boy who hooks up with her in a relationship.

    Father Nature's Corner

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  33. It's funny how these speech patterns get names, "valley girl" and "voice fry" and "uptalk." Where I start to notice them is on movies. I can't say any of it annoys me, but that's probably because I don't hear it enough.

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  34. I've seen it and it drives me bonkers! I also hear the little girl voice a lot too. Is that supposed to make them look cuter? I think we should be taught to value our big, strong women's voices.

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  35. Thanks for keeping us in the loop Stephanie. Oldies like me need someone like you to keep us in the know. I heard that deep-fry voice but hadn't noticed the spread of the disease. I hope there's a cure before it's too late.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  36. I haven't noticed my granddaughter and her friends talking in "squeaky" voices yet, but I have noticed them singing phrases to each other when they are not in total agreement about whether this or that makeup looks good. It took them at least 45 minutes to get it right in the bathroom across from my bedroom last year in junior high. I can hardly wait for high school to start next Monday. :)

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  37. Thankfully, my daughter, who is a senior in HS, has avoided all that and generally sounds like a 35 year old--older parents and having spent a lot of her life around adults will do that.

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  38. I didn't know there was a term for this. I'm shocked that people think this sounds educated. It's annoying and makes people sound self-absorbed. I hope the trend doesn't continue.

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  39. Just add it to the list of no handwriting skills and no reading skills. Now they can't talk. Another excuse for just being lazy. Sorry that sounds harsh, but its real. *said with vocal fry*

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  40. Oh bollocks...Vocal Fry. I remember when the studies starting coming out for that and I just couldn't stop laughing. I currently LIVE in California so you see people doing this kind of silliness all the time. As for hiring? I've luckily never dealt with someone stupid enough to do it in an interview.

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  41. Wow! This is amazing Stephanie! If someone can't help speaking that way, remember Glinda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz, that's one thing, but to make yourself sound this way and to assume it make one seem more intelligent is just dang strange to me. Hugs...

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  42. I thought only Dalia from Suburgatory spoke that way but then I saw the actress in another show -- nope, not the character voice but her own. Yikes!

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  43. I am surrounded by boys, so no- I hadn't noticed. Anything that is superficial doesn't impress me. Though, My healthy rump and I thank Kim for making the large caboose all right again. Always have to find the positive!

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  44. Hope your day has been pleasant and productive.

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  45. I have not noticed this. I will have to be on the lookout. Maybe I should start paying more attention to Kardashians.

    Um... no. :)

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  46. I am hoping this trend DOESN'T last... I am not a fan of Kim or her family... I don't know why anyone is...

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  47. can't agree more..those voices are so annoying. And please, can we be fans of someone more....you know :)..

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  48. I didn't know this was a cultural phenomenon. Geesh! I agree that it's annoying. Fortunately for me, I don't know anyone in real life who speaks this way.

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  49. I have not noticed so much in how people speak, but how they type.
    H8 dey text broken. UR likely 2 go cray cray IRL trying to figure out.
    They can creak all they want, just as long as they use spell check. But then again, I don't hang out with many young women, so I have not noticed this so much.

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  50. That would not fly in Jamaica because potential employers can tell you outright that you sound like a jackass without fear of lawsuits.

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