Vocal Fry

It’s finally flat-out spring, my dears. I bet this weekend you’re out there with your grills frying up some burgers, changing your oil, raking the lawn—complete with a break on the porch drinking some of your best homemade iced tea. One thing I hope you are not frying is …

… your vocal cords, as in vocal fry. What is vocal fry you ask? Well, like yeaaaaaaaa, what-e-v-e-r, let me tell you. Vocal Fry is a modern phenomenon, 21st century style, that has caught on here and there. You hear it in Britney Spears’ song, “You Drive me Crazy.” “Oh babaaaaayyyyy, babaaayyyyy!”

Vocal Fry—The vocal fry register is the lowest vocal register you can utter. It is produced through a loose glottal closure (glottis is the opening at the upper part of the larynx, between the vocal cords), permitting air to bubble through slowly with a popping or rattling sound of a very low frequency.

Learn more about this phenomenon as embraced by …

college women (no way!), ages 18-25 here and here.

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