Often Incorrect, Often Inappropriate, Often Juvenile.
It has finally taken over! It is no longer just a weird affectation of Valley Girls, young teen girls, & insecure twenty-something juvenile women.
Today it can be heard everywhere. It is used primarily by women, although it is infiltrating into the male population as men weaken further. This latest affectation is used by vast numbers of young girls & women.
It is identified by listening for the following traits in victims: While speaking with a diminishing loudness, victims swallow their words into a squeaky, gravelly mix of barely-intelligible sounds. Often the last words of sentences are lost. Young girls and women infected with this lifestyle talk mode sound like very young girls. Men who use it sound like weenies.
This affectation is the latest in the series of affectations used by juvenile, insecure women & men attempting to hide their fears.
The question is, why do they make themselves sound so unsure and retreat for protection in child-like voices? Are they so fearful that they cannot confront their fears? Why are they so afraid to speak normally and communicate?
About the “i . . . me . . . my” self-centered talk.
Forget “um”, “ya know”, and the ever so popular “like”. The latest arrival in the book, The Vocabulary of Jerks & Non-thinkers, is “I need you to….” Forget the politeness of asking a coworker, family member, or friend, “Would you please….” Today existence is all about “i”. As so often is the case these days, people display their personal dirty laundry not just in the T-shirt they are wearing, but in their words. Consider the “I need you to….”
The subject is them, I. Then they state their “need”. (Who cares?) Then ‘you’ are inserted so that the following order is comprehended and — better be obeyed — by you.
The irony is that most users of this lingo belittle themselves in their e-mails where they often use the lower case “i” rather than the correct upper case “I”. They belittle themselves just to break another rule of grammar.
When we speak in the future tense it is redundant to use the term “going forward”. For example, “I know what the stock market will do going forward” and “We believe the prospect for prices going forward is up”.
This speech pattern is common on TV news. Reporters should instinctively know better.
Do you make this mistake?