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Listening to assorted public radio podcasts while tagging posts in npr_junkie, I came across one especially irritating verbal trait in a past installment of North Texas News and Commentary (podcast info).

In the story "Schools use new techniques to keep poor and minority students in gifted education" (transcript / MP3), the reporter has sort of an edge of mouth/hissing thing going on and I can't quite put my finger on what it's called or how a speaker could compensate for that sound. Any ideas?

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clemidia
Sep. 3rd, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have noticed that at times, people tending to PONTIFICATE lapse into this put-on lisp, intended methinks, to punctuate their words, and thus, important "opinion."

I think it is the equivalent of speaking face-to-face with that breed of "people" who ramble on with their EYES closed.

I had a boss who used to do that for minutes on end, and one time I walked away while he blathered on; when he opened his eyes, no one was standing there hanging on his every word.

Heh.
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oddharmonic
Sep. 6th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
I nearly did a spit-take when I read that.

As a reporter, the model is Christine Chubbuck. Dwyer's the model for politicians. (And I know way too much about unusual deaths.)
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