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What do you think of “up talk”?

Asked by gondwanalon (22863points) December 20th, 2020
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Also called “up speech” where there’s an upward inflection in the voice of the speaker at the end of sentences. It’s like the speaker is asking a question when (s)he is not.

Up talk seems to me to becoming more prevalent theses days. It reminds me of the Valley Girl talk of the 1980’s. Which was a joke.

It’s irritating to me especially when I hear political leaders use it. Gives the effect of being talked down to.

What do you think?

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Demosthenes's avatar

I associate it with young girls and it’s often portrayed as something women do because they lack confidence in what they’re saying. I’m not sure if that is true. But it is something I find unappealing, along with “vocal fry”.

ragingloli's avatar

What does it matter?
Grow up.

Love_my_doggie's avatar

@gondwanalon Yes, I’ve noticed that this verbal tic has become much more common. The inflection makes someone sound like either a teenage girl or an insecure person lacking self-confidence. In extreme cases, it isn’t just the end of every sentence; it’s every phrase.

I was once on a business conference call, led by a woman who spoke that way. She came across as silly and unprofessional. Of course, I said nothing and treated her with respect, but every cell in my body was screaming, “Stop that!”

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Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Calvin Trillin made a funny comment about touring a college with his daughter. He said their guide introduced herself to the group by asking her name.

JLoon's avatar

It’s mostly just an annoying distraction when you hear it from someone in public.

But beyond the trivial stuff, I think George Orwell said : “The great enemy of clear language is insencerity. And if thought can corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought.”

So watch ya big mouth – ‘K?

janbb's avatar

I can always tell that the speaker is in their thirties or younger when I hear it. I’m kind of used to it but I don’t particularly care for it.

gondwanalon's avatar

@ragingloli Effect communication is very important. When a speaker makes it sound like they’re asking a question at the end of every other sentence when they aren’t then they confuse the meaning of what it is that they’re trying to communicate. To me it sounds like they aren’t sure and asking for approval. Or perhaps it means something else or it means nothing. It definitely doesn’t help.

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