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upward intonation??????

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cheval Wed 20-Jul-11 21:44:53

I'm new to this site but love the rants I've read so far! One I just seen is re the word 'literally' being used in a bonkers way. Agree totally. But would like to add my utter hatred of the creeping in to the British accent of a Neighbours/Californian way of ending every sentence in an upward style. Drives me crazy. It's all UP???? Please make it stop!

TattyDevine Wed 20-Jul-11 21:46:50

What if you are from Neighbours land? Are you allowed to then?

sittinginthesun Wed 20-Jul-11 21:48:24

Agree. I had an ex boyfriend who did this. Drove me mad.

prudaloo Wed 20-Jul-11 21:49:18

This one time?.. On Mumsnet?..drives me mad too. They all do it- the "Young"- even teachers.sad

NeverAttributeToMalice Wed 20-Jul-11 21:53:45

I think it's Stephen Fry who coined the phrase "Australian Interrogative Inflection" for the habit of making statements sound like questions? grin

Punkatheart Wed 20-Jul-11 21:55:50

The Welsh do it too. Fair play.

prudaloo Wed 20-Jul-11 21:56:13

Ha I've heard it called !The Moronic Interrogative" - I like that?

prudaloo Wed 20-Jul-11 21:56:59

Puke; do you mean "Fair play?" ?

valiumredhead Wed 20-Jul-11 21:57:58


Pishwife Wed 20-Jul-11 21:58:08

Really? This bugs you?

Yes the Welsh do do it! I did a piece of research at Uni on "tag questions" (saying isn't it? Do you? yeah? at the end of statements) and a welshman was in my control group and buggered it all up grin

InfestationofLannisters Wed 20-Jul-11 22:02:32

I adore Australianisms. I especially like the use of a single adjective in place of an entire phrase or sentence. My best mate used to do it. For example,


(On a crisp and sunny September morning grin)

Similarly, < gestures to bag> "H-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e--v-v-v-v-v-y"

Or when discussing men: "Mmm... passionate..."

Not sure if that was Australian, a Melbourne thing or just her come to think of it so perhaps IABU?

(See what I did there?)

wonderfultykes Wed 20-Jul-11 22:03:39

I called O2?
To discuss a longwinded lost-phone debacle??
The bloke incessantly did this every sentence???

Drove me utterly batshit.

frazzle26 Wed 20-Jul-11 22:03:43

And saying "like" all the time. Although I'm guilty of this I have to admit blush

Beamur Wed 20-Jul-11 22:05:34

Ha ha. Are you talking about my DSD? She does this all the time, like. Drives her Dad bonkers.

Glubs Wed 20-Jul-11 22:06:28

Yup drives me mad too.
There's a mum I know who says "you know?" at the end of EVERY sentence. It's as if she needs constant reassurance that we're listening. I find it so distracting as I'm waiting for it that I'm less likely to actually listen to what she's saying.

Still, there's worse things in know?

prudaloo Wed 20-Jul-11 22:06:35

Woderfultykes- really? He turned round and did that?? I mean, like every time??? Literally, he turned round and did that??

cheval Wed 20-Jul-11 22:13:00

Love the Welsh upwards lilt, it's gentle and poetic. Also love an Aussie accent.
It's this new ending of a sentence that goes UP??? as if the speaker can't quite believe they're saying it. Sounds insecure. Sorry will shut up nOW!!

MotherMucca Wed 20-Jul-11 22:15:08

Oh my god? You're not wrong?

My son has started doing this? He gets it from his (moronic) dad?


izzywhizzyletsgetbusy Wed 20-Jul-11 22:19:15

I've got a pal who does this?? It drives me fucking mad is intensely irritating??

She's never been near Wales or Oz and doesn't watch any of the Oz soaps?? I sincerely wish she'd stop and listen to herself???

sue52 Wed 20-Jul-11 22:19:16

I agree. It seems to have crept in over the last 10 years. I don't hear anyone over 30 using the intonation but until now I had not made the connection with Australian soaps. Ban them now.

dearprudence Wed 20-Jul-11 22:20:49

On a similar note, DH and I have noticed young people (women especially) talking in a deliberately croaky drawl, as if it's reeeally hard for them to summon up the energy to speak. Very annoying. And affected.

sausagesandmarmelade Wed 20-Jul-11 22:21:33

I've noticed that guys are always calling each other 'mate' now....

Very ozzie!

sausagesandmarmelade Wed 20-Jul-11 22:22:58

Dearpru sounds like Milly of made in chelsea.

Very sloany behaviour!

manticlimactic Wed 20-Jul-11 22:26:16

My sister has started doing this in the last few months. She's in her 50's. I tend to notice she does it when she's talking about something she's not sure about - or something she thinks we won't agree with. I've often found myself asking her if she's asking a question. <meanie> . She has just taken gardening leave from work due to being stressed so I think her confidence has taken a knock. Perhaps this is why she's doing it. hmm

begonyabampot Wed 20-Jul-11 23:41:35

someone told me once during a course (was giving a presentation) that I did this. -I did get a bit paranoid but forgot after all these years until you now have just reminded me, so I'm all paranoid again now!

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