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The irritating idiots’ intonation.

Posted by Big John on January 15, 2014

I know that I’ve ranted about this subject before, but I’m afraid that I am getting more and more pissed off with the way people in this country now speak “the Queen’s English” !

I don’t mean the strange accents of our immigrant ‘guests’ from such places as sunny Afghanistan, rural Romania or beautiful Bulgaria; for many of these people speak far better English than some of the mumbling morons who were born here.

What I am fed up ‘with’ (not “of” ! ) is hearing the Californian ‘valley girl’ .. “like”, and the ‘Jafaican’ .. “Innit ?”: but that’s nothing to what I feel when I hear that intensely annoying habit of raising the voice at the end of a sentence to make a statement sound like a question.

I have now learned that this is known as a high-rising terminal (HRT) or Australian  Question Intonation (AQI), and is a language trait which seems to be growing amongst young (and not so young) people in the UK, who, obviously, don’t realize how bloody stupid this so-called “upspeak” or “uptalk” makes them sound to prospective employers. Not to mention how it ‘gets on the tits’ of a …

… grumpy old git like me !


4 Responses to “The irritating idiots’ intonation.”

  1. Ginnie said

    You should live in rural North Carolina, John ! I’ve been here for 34 years and I still can’t understand the natives.

  2. Unfortunately, as time passes more and more employers will themselves be speaking in this way, so the “idiot” applicants for jobs will cease to sound like idiots to their ears.

    The way a person speaks is an essential component of his personality and his language defines the community to which he (thinks he) belongs. Other forms of language therefore indicate outsiders and possible enemies, hence our irritation (at the lower level) and our fear (at the higher level) when confronting people who, to our perception, misuse the English language.

    Certain innovations in the language are short-lived and disappear again, but others endure and even become part of the standard language. We may regret this but, like Canute, we are powerless to turn back the tide.

  3. Gabbygeezer said

    We cannot stop this trend, but it cannot stop many of us from being appalled.

  4. rummuser said

    This is one of the reasons for my choice of written communications over the verbal!

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