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(Slate)   Why old men find young women's voices annoying. Propensity to say "Ewwwww, get away from me, you dirty old baldy grandpa" not discussed in article   ( slate.com) divider line
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2013-01-07 05:07:39 PM  
4 votes:
That's why redtube has a mute button.
2013-01-07 07:52:41 PM  
3 votes:
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What a vocal Fry might look like
2013-01-07 08:03:53 PM  
2 votes:
Sic some she-bears on them if they call you baldy.
2013-01-07 03:40:08 PM  
2 votes:
Young woman, "Ewwwww, get away from me, you dirty old baldy grandpa."
Old man, "I'm a millionaire."
Young woman, "Did I tell you how I find bald men incredibly sexy?"
2013-01-08 07:15:09 AM  
1 vote:
What if the Fry is particularly witty and erudite?

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2013-01-07 08:40:25 PM  
1 vote:
And I see I should have read the entire article as the man behind Language Log was quoted.

In some discourse communities, Liberman documents, "final rises" have actually been used by men and women to "assert dominance and control" over the conversation

I've noticed the gravely voice (I like their term "vocal fry") on NPR when they interviewed a younger person. It drove me bananas so much I wanted to 23 skidoo out of my horseless carriage. Perhaps it was extra annoying as I find any interview on NPR ultra annoying. Hey let's walk through the woods and I'll hold the mike down here by the leaves you're stepping on. Oh there's an owl I'll get a recording of it while you're talking.

That's interesting about the explanation for it being that they are trying to impersonate an elderly person to get some respect. I always took it to me that the person talking wants to imply that they don't really care about something that they have knowledge about, thus making themselves seem even smarter.
2013-01-07 06:43:09 PM  
1 vote:

Ennuipoet: I find as I get older young women in general are annoying to me.   I mean I like to look at them, but when they open their mouth their attractiveness plummets.

That's why my trunk has double the insulation.
2013-01-07 05:56:32 PM  
1 vote:

Rapmaster2000: robbiex0r: I understand the concepts of uptalking, and examples were provided... But I'm not sure I know what this 'vocal fry' or 'creaky voice' is.

Did the article give examples other than a digitally manipulated Britney Spears' song?

The original article was a 20+ minute podcast, but basically it's what a Kardashian sounds like.  Here's a good summary:


oh dear.
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