Monday, August 08, 2011

Bothersome Speech Patterns


Please don't take this personally, even if it applies to you - I'm not even thinking of any particular person as I write this, even though I've tried to pick out an example to make it easier to write.

Maybe it's just me, but I find myself (probably unreasonably) bothered by a new-ish (new-ish to me, at any rate) speech pattern. I've found it mainly in young women, but I doubt it's really exclusive to them.

I can only describe it as "swallowing 'T' sounds" rather than actually pronouncing them. It's most noticeable with intervocalic Ts, but it definitely occurs at the end of words as well. It's not quite a glottal stop, but that's almost it.

I assume I have some mumblage in my speech, so I won't say I don't annoy someone out there with the way I pronounce something, but if I do, I'm sure it's because they're far too easily annoyed.

I don't know, it just bothers me, and I wanted to get it off my chest (and out of my ears).
Thanks for listening (OK, reading).

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