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Post By Jackster
Fry your vocals
I noticed years ago that some girls in their late teens, early twenties, developed an annoying (to me) habit of using upward inflexions at the end of their sentences, which turned their statement into an interrogatory.
And equally annoying (to me) was the way words slipped down from their lips to somewhere down their throats to emerge as a lazy guttural sound.
Was it something common to certain people only, an unfortunate speech impediment perhaps? I wasn't sure.
But there was no mistaking a third affliction to the spoken language.
"And I was, like...". The dreaded unnecessary and misuse of the word "like".
What I didn't know was that these affectations have a name, and even a possible origin.
Speaking from the throat is "verbal fry". Here is a funny example:
Apparently Kim Kardashian fries her vocals. I say no more.
For more on all this, wikipedia
I know language is flexible and ever evolving...but do we have to follow trends brought about by the superficial, the vacuous and the ignorant?
Should we all be writing " My friends took me to meet there parents" or "I saw many car's in the showroom"...
But that's a whole other topic!
you know like this is like so true you know like ummm
valley girl speech
The one that I find equally annoying is the trend to start a response (or even a statement) with "So".
A redundant word. Eliminating it does not change the meaning of the sentence at all.
I have observed that it is most prevalent in the speech of well educated people - think talk-show panel participants.
These 'trendy' speech characteristics are often typical of big organisations - universities, big business, public service, where they go through the organisation like wildfire.
Other examples are "moving forward", "think outside the box" etc.
"Like" is in a different category, used mostly by younger females with maybe a bit of a bogan connotation.
glad the buzzword synergy and strategic thinking have filtered off!
The Federal Public Service used to be a shocker for those sort of buzz-words.
Some big wheel from Canberra would fly in, having been to a conference somewhere else and drop all the latest ones.
(I could often recognise them from some current Management Text that was in-vogue at the time - "In Search of Excellence" by Waterman & Peters was an example.)
Next thing the local sycophants would be peppering their speech with them whilst the staff rolled their eyes.
Of course buzz-words are different from meaningless utterances such as "like" and "so" which have no purpose other than to advertise how bereft of individuality their sponsors are.
Yep, "World's best practice." is another good one oft quoted but totally meaningless without qualification and substantiation...
^safety officers and middle/upper management.
Originally Posted by Rocky
I call these 'wank words'.. generally used by wankers.
'Fry' is a technical term used to describe different vocal registers (e.g. falsetto). It's interesting how humans develop different accents & vocalisations based on their peer-groups and other influences, typically during the teen years I understand. Even the different way people of different accents say 'ummm' based on what becomes the natural way to position their mouth for various accents e.g. people with a Scottish accent will say 'erhm' instead.
tldr; yep, that's an annoying accent!
I watch a bit of DIY videos on YouTube and what noticeably stands out usually from people in the US is the unnecessary use of the phrase "go ahead".
"I'm like gonna go ahead and apply some paint", "I'll just go ahead and take this off", "Now I'll go ahead and open this up"
Sometimes when they are really serious about going ahead, it's "I'm gonna go right ahead and ....."