Analyzing How Women Speak

Upspeak, saying “sorry” or “just” too often, and vocal fry are a few linguistic tendencies attributed to the undermining of women in the workplace. Both men and women have called for their demise, claiming that—aside from sounding bad—they make women seem subordinate. But are women the ones that need to change? As Ann Friedman points out, “Language is not always about making an argument or conveying information in the cleanest, simplest way possible. It’s often about building relationships. It’s about making yourself understood and trying to understand someone else.”