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To want to stab middle aged women who upspeak

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PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:02:54

I think I'm right on this but DH says I am being unreasonable. It makes my teeth itch listening to them, I cannot hear what they are saying because I am waiting for the next inappropriate voice rise. There was one on R4 a few minutes ago and I had to turn her off.

It's bad enough when young people do it, usually with a load of 'like's thrown in for good measure.

God I hate dieting after Christmas!

MrsHelsBels74 Fri 11-Jan-13 13:04:15

What is upspeaking?

AnnieMated Fri 11-Jan-13 13:04:28

What's 'upspeaking'?

Spatsky Fri 11-Jan-13 13:04:34

What is upspeak?

Spatsky Fri 11-Jan-13 13:04:52

Oops crossed posts

PixieHot Fri 11-Jan-13 13:05:24

I don't know what it is either.

Nancy66 Fri 11-Jan-13 13:05:49

You mean the Aussie inflection thing?

PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:05:57

Its where the voice rises at the end of a sentence as if in question but there isn't a question. It came originally from the Australian soap Neighbours I think and caught on amongst younger people in the UK. Once you notice it it drives you mad.

AnnieMated Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:02

Ah, good - glad I'm not the only one who has not a clue what OP means...

Mitchy1nge Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:15

all middle aged women should be stabbed, what is the point of them anyway?

PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:23

Yes Nancy.

marchwillsoonbehere Fri 11-Jan-13 13:06:33

Well from the context I think upspeaking is when you make any sentence sound like a question.

Tremendously irritating, but I am at a loss as to why you find it more irritating on middle aged woman than on anyone else!

Nancy66 Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:05

yes, it's annoying no matter what the age. Becoming more and more common in the uk though.

PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:13

Mitchy, we are the repositories of wisdom. You need us even if you don't know it yet.

AnnieMated Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:28

Where do you live OP so you've noticed this? Can't say I have and I'm in the very heartlands of middle-classness here in the SE.

Spatsky Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:32

Can't say it's ever entered my consciousness...

PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:39

march because they should know better!!!

scarletforya Fri 11-Jan-13 13:07:59

Maybe they're Australian?

Songbird Fri 11-Jan-13 13:08:23

My neighbour does this - v annoying! And Darcey frickin Bussell on Strictly!

cozietoesie Fri 11-Jan-13 13:08:24

The Antipodean Rising Inflection. (Or, sometimes, Interrogative Inflection.)


megandraper Fri 11-Jan-13 13:08:42

Isn't that standard Brummie speak? Was when I was a child (back in the distant depths of time). But then I'm middle-aged. <edges away before OP stabs me>

Trills Fri 11-Jan-13 13:09:19

YABU to restrict your stabbing to middle-aged women.

If it is annoying then it is also annoying when done by young women, old women, and men of all ages.

Alisvolatpropiis Fri 11-Jan-13 13:10:12

Not sure about stabbing them but it is a wildly irritating speech pattern!

PessaryPam Fri 11-Jan-13 13:10:45

Annie, it was on R4 a few minutes agao, I think at the start of You and Yours. Don't know what she was talking about because I had to turn her off.

I am in Bucks and people round here don't do it apart from the youngsters.

HolofernesesHead Fri 11-Jan-13 13:10:56

Why is it particularly irritating when middle-aged women do it?

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