From Valley Girls to the Kardashians, young women have long been mocked for the way they talk.
Whether it be uptalk (pronouncing statements as if they were questions? Like this?), creating slang words like â€œbitchinâ€™ â€ and â€œridic,â€ or the incessant use of â€œlikeâ€ as a conversation filler, vocal trends associated with young women are often seen as markers of immaturity or even stupidity.
But linguists â€” many of whom once promoted theories consistent with that attitude â€” now say such thinking is outmoded. Girls and women in their teens and 20s deserve credit for pioneering vocal trends and popular slang, they say, adding that young women use these embellishments in much more sophisticated ways than people tend to realize.
Read the whole thing, and be sure to listen to the 7:30 podcast in which the examples mentioned are demonstrated.