Glottal fry. It is about as trendy as the new iPhone 4S. It’s that sultry and almost guttural sound–the low, vibrating one that happens at the end of certain sentences, meant to impart mystery and desire. Kim and Christina do it. So does Britney in her song “Oops, I Did It Again.”
In fact, according to scientists at Long Island University in Brookville, NY, in a soon to be published article in Journal of Voice, more than two-thirds of college-aged women are using the lowest register of their voices to speak in glottal fry. Wondering what’s the harm in the “low down?” It’s actually a form of vocal abuse that can lead to vocal cord inflammation, polyps, or even nodules.
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