Whats the word for...?
March 28, 2006 9:39 AM Subscribe
What is the word for...when someone speaks in a different accent or tone to depict the fact that they are not totally committed to what they are saying (either for amusement or fear of reprisal)?
posted by pettins to Writing & Language (20 answers total)
I have noticed a lot of people (from kids to adults) use a special voice or tone when they are saying something but they want it to be intepreted differently from the meaning that the actual words themselves (eg if presented in an email) would suggest.
Examples include using a sqeaky voice or maybe a false lisp (especially pre teen girls!) through to using an amusing accent. The effect is often to soften the impact of the words used.
(Guess similar thing would using the "double quotes" indicator by waggling your first two fingers on each hand in rabbit ear style!)
Will be interested in any suggestions, however far fetched!