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Men increasingly assuming girls' speech patterns

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The irritating upspeak or AQI is becoming more and more common among men

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Fro-Yo!
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More gay men?

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I've heard two men doing the vocal fry the last month. It's bizarre. And as risk-aversion becomes a national obsession we're all using more qualifiers. @MrG and I were talking about this a while back. We were discussing plans for something and he said something like "I'm pretty sure I'll definitely think about it." I busted his chops, but I do it all the damn time too. Once you notice it, it's all you ever hear.
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Great thread.

Sentences that begin with "So", as if to creep into an actual assertion.

Vocal fry and upTALK(?) with a question mark.

I probably definitely think that society is most likely certainly wussified.

I blame Glee, Obama, and match.com.

And wool caps, poorly grown facial hair, and skinny pants.
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Great thread.

Sentences that begin with "So", as if to creep into an actual assertion.

Vocal fry and upTALK(?) with a question mark.

I probably definitely think that society is most likely certainly wussified.

I blame Glee, Obama, and match.com.

And wool caps, poorly grown facial hair, and skinny pants.

Naw, Western men's testosterone levels have been falling for the last thirty years. I do think these speech patterns are more common among lefties, but I think testosterone is less common among lefties (and I don't say that as an insult, the world would be as bad with no estrogen as it would with no testosterone, if not worse).
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Originally Posted by Lighthouse View Post

Great thread.

Sentences that begin with "So", as if to creep into an actual assertion.

Vocal fry and upTALK(?) with a question mark.

I probably definitely think that society is most likely certainly wussified.

I blame Glee, Obama, and match.com.

And wool caps, poorly grown facial hair, and skinny pants.

a particular bete noire, generally used without being a logical connector, or having any evident function. Writing it is even less justifiable than saying it. Virus.

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I think one is justified in judging an individual for using upspeak, especially if it's a young professional... and 'ditsy' isn't far off. I notice it a lot in the legal field, where it's particularly irritating especially when the subject matter is supposed to be grave. It signals a certain level of conformity and unoriginality of the speaker, and it's almost ALWAYS accompanied by a series of cliches, phrases, and talking points common to the current PC discourse. I'm imagining Chelsea Clinton talking about Africa, or an ACLU lawyer, as an example, but conservatives do it too. To me, it immediately signals that the person is just a tool.
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