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Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of “creaky voice.”
January 3, 2013 at 8:20 PM

There are videos in the first 10 posts with examples.

Do You Creak?

Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of “creaky voice.”

Listen to Lexicon Valley Episode No. 24: Get Your Creak On


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In the early 1980s, Valleyspeak—with its liberal use of “like,” totally grody vocabulary and high rising terminal—swept the nation with the help of surf culture and Frank Zappa and signaled for many the coming end of the world. Although we somehow managed to endure that frightful fad and beat back the apocalypse, doomsayers—including our own Bob Garfield—claim that yet another pox is now upon us. Researches have identified that a phenomenon known as “creaky voice,” a kind of speech affect that sounds like staccato bursts from the back of the throat, is especially prevalent among young American women. Sound familiar? Listen as Bob and I discuss the creaky among us.

Replies

  • caito
    by caito
    January 4, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    I'm 24. I don't do it and I don't personally know anyone that does it. 

    It's silly to group us all in together.

  • emeraldangel2.0
    January 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    21 here and i don't do it either

    Quoting caito:

    I'm 24. I don't do it and I don't personally know anyone that does it. 

    It's silly to group us all in together.


  • mrsjksimmons
    January 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I'm listening to this whole podcast. I completely understand the fascination with why people talk this way. I don't talk like this at all. It drives me nuts to hear it. Now I can imitate it pretty well. My mom and I used to get kicks out of having a whole conversation talking "Valley Girl" when I was a teen.

  • stringtheory
    January 4, 2013 at 8:38 PM
    I don't think I have met or heard anybody that does this in real life. I'm wondering where everyone else is hearing it outside of fringe-reality tv shows?