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.
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.