Have you noticed that there’s a way of talking that’s taking over the airwaves and the internet and the local news media?
It’s kind of random and sometimes annoying and it sounds liiiiikkkkkkeeeeee thiiiiissssss.
When someone talks like this, the words at the end of the sentence just trail off….
…..as if the speaker is kind of bored with life.
As if they can barely summon the energy to finish what they are saying.
I just found out it has a name.
It’s called Vocal Fry.
I had no idea.
I didn’t know it was a thing.
I never knew it had a name until I watched this clip from CBS Sunday Morning.
And now I hear it everywhere.
It might be like totally for me.
The actual definition from Webster’s goes like this “A vocal effect produced by a slow vibration of the vocal cords and characterized by a creaking sound and a low pitch. As with other types of laryngealization, vocal fry is produced by constricting the larynx. The effect is typically used at the end of phrases and sentences.”
When I was in high school we had our own way of talking, too. We all said “like” about 50,000 times and our words went up at the end of a sentence so everything sounded like a question.
This is just like that only hipper and cooler.
Studies have shown that when you speak with vocal fry you project confidence and authority and gain the respect of your peers.
So today when I’m talking to you about herbs and how to grow them in your kitchen….
….I’m going to go all vocal fry on you.
I mean, I want to be an authority on the subject….right?
I want to project confidence and be listened to and I’m sure vocal fry is my ticket to success.
So here goes.
Planting herbs is eaaaaaaassssy.
You can grown them from seeds, but I skipped that step and planted herbs that were seedlings from my local nursery.
Like rosemary and onion chiiiiiivvvvvvessss.
Two of my favorites.
I just transplanted them into small terracotta pots and placed them in a sunny area in the kitchen.
The key to promoting growth is to water them and plant them in good soil with adequate draiiiiiinnnnnaggggggge.
I’ve had these plants for about a month now and I love the addition of herbs to the kitchen.
And the rosemary smells wonnnnndeeeerrrful.
Why not start your own todaaaaaaaay?
I don’t know if I can keep this vocal fry thing up.
It may be authoritative and influential, but it’s a little exhausting.
And it’s like wearing me out and like overwhelming and maybe like totally not for me. 🙂