A new study undertaken in the UK has concluded that females are so influenced by US popular culture and celebs that they’re starting to adopt a croaky drawl known as “vocal fry”. US A-listers including reality TV stars the Kardashian family happen to be top on the copycat list. And to be frank, that kinda scares us.
The study claims that the voice's of ladies are also getting lower thanks to the linguistic phenomenon. One cultural critic referred to the new adaption as making young women sound like “ducks quacking”. LOL, so it’s not just the duck-lips we have to worry about.
Seriously though, British group The Society of Teachers of Speech and Drama has told the Daily Mail that this developing style of speech is to be considered an impediment. Chairman Cally Foster said: “Speech patterns, like language, are constantly evolving but, unfortunately, not always for the better. It seems extraordinary that, having fought hard for the right to be heard, women risk not being listened to, or taken seriously, by adopting a speech impediment - one that is at best laughable, at worst vocally damaging.”
Basically, girls are elongating certain syllables and extending their phrases. As airy fairy as it sounds, chicks are no longer just stating things like, “Oh my God,” or “Whatever”, it’s more like, “Ohhhhh my Gawwwdd,” and “Whateverrrrr.” Yep, society, so special, so promising. To be fair, it has been an unfolding trend from the 90s, in movies such as Clueless.
Sh*t, apparently we’re Keeping Up With The Kardashians so intently, we’ve even started to mimic not only their looks, but their mannerisms and freakishly enough, their actual tone of voice.
Regardless, RN, the Kardashians are in the spotlight, and while they’re there, the masses are going to follow suit.
Lord have mercy on all of our souls.