I hate when people tell me I sound like I'm from California, because I assume that's a nicer way of telling me that I sound like a Valley Girl. (I hail from Encino, and, when I was a teenager, I sounded like a Clueless extra. But I like to think that I've come a long way since then!)
OK, so we already know that American women are on the forefront of linguistic innovation: we vocal-fry just like Ke$ha! And the whole world fries with us. Or something.
In the last few years, young American women have started utilizing a low, growly part of their vocal register known as "vocal fry," and scientists are flummoxed as to why. Desire to date Taylor Lautner and other such lupine heartthrobs? Because ladies be catty? Britney Spears?
I have a speech impediment. It is not a lisp, or a stutter, or a habit of swallowing letters or softening r's into aaahr's. I have a problem that can best be described as Angela Chase Syndrome.