The phenomenon of ends of sentences rising in pitch is referred to as "uptalk", or HRT, high-rise terminals.
The following criticism may seem trivial. However, subtle shades of meaning can attach to a word by how you speak it. Granted, at times there is precious little one can do if another person chooses to interpret one's comments in a way that reflects more his or her own biases, for good or for ill. If intent is in doubt, a meeting of minds is called for to resolve any misunderstanding, as is the habit among rational people who value listening as a learning opportunity.
As much as some people love to hear the sound of their own voice, most seem incapable of actually listening to themselves. If they did hear themselves, the might actually speak a lot less.Is it mere coincidence that as life has become saturated with technological interventions that people have become less articulate, less capable of listening for meaning more than merely hearing the sounds delivered to their ears? Literacy generally follows if one is accustomed to listening for meaning. People who read books are generally much better at listening. Their inner landscape is less polluted with trivial soundbites and electronic insects that natter at and condition one's attention to live with the attention span of a gnat.
50 shades of blah, blah, blah.
As one might guess from Coupland's espousal of HRT, uptalk is close to the spirit of postmodernism, concerned with advancing relativistic, provisional statements - in contrast with the classic discourse of modernism, pronouncing absolute truths. But not everyone is a fan of the new.
If women always sound like they're asking for approval or agreement, they seem less sure of themselves," says Mary-Ellen Drummond, a communications consultant from Santa Fe in California. Someone in the same line of business, Diane DiResta (author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch and Pizzazz), is still more categorical.
"I believe it is also an outgrowth of our politically correct society where people tiptoe around their beliefs by monitoring their language," she says. "Uptalk is a form of this politically correct language. It's as if a person's tentative tone allows them to retract the statement if it is met with criticism or disapproval. People are afraid to take a stand."
... "Uptalk robs them of credibility and authority. It is especially disempowering for women."—Matt Seaton, The Guardian.
In case you hadn’t noticed,it has somehow become uncoolto sound like you know what you’re talking about?Or believe strongly in what you’re saying?Invisible question marks and parenthetical (you know?)’shave been attaching themselves to the ends of our sentences?Even when those sentences aren’t, like, questions? You know?
—excerpt from Totally like whatever, you know? (see video at bottom)
A less confrontational approach would be to keep in mind that the responses are prayers. A prayerful response helps others learn the way of prayer. Of course, prayer is not about mere appearances. Prayer does, however, engage the soul and the body.
- The Creed is a longer prayer than most Mass prayers and requires some mental fortitude. Many people, however, are mentally obese, spiritually out of shape. Applying one's attention and intention to anything longer than 140 characters is a chore for many people. If people cannot manage to invest themselves for the minute or so it takes to pray the Creed (less if we're talking about the Apostles' Creed), they probably are just as incapable of offering their undivided attention to a friend or spouse or their child. If that is the case, don't be surprised if people start walking away from you because you give more attention to checking your text messages during a dinner date or picnic than you should be giving to your friends and family.
- The Creed commands allegiance, and many soldiers of Christ are absent(minded) without leave.
- The Creed is powerfully authoritative, and many people are spiritual adolescents with a proclivity to rebel.
- People are weak storytellers. They do not know the Catholic story. They don't want to know the story. They do not want to be bearers of the Story, the Gospel. The Creed is a summary of the Gospel. People who grow bored with the Creed have little or no imagination. The Creed is a story, a very real story full of mystery, drama, powerful images and hard fought lessons forged in the heat of theological battle. The Church needs disciples of the Lord who are willing to be storytellers, to live and to share the Gospel story.
Speak as if you are constantly in the Presence of God because, if you haven't figured it out already, you are very much in His presence, and He is in yours.
When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.—Pope St. John Paul II.