[Ads-l] "Vocal fry": much ado about nothing

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Oct 4 19:41:57 UTC 2015


I don't see "vocal fry" in the OED, indeed I don't see a noun entry for "fry" in any relevant sense in the OED.  Am I missing something?

In a quick search of JSTOR, I see occurrences of "vocal fry" as old as 1963, although these may be in a different sense.

Fred Shapiro



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Subject: "Vocal fry": much ado about nothing

Someone has finally pointed out that this is hardly worth noting.

https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.nyu.edu_about_news-2Dpublications_nyu-2Dstories_lisa-2Ddavidson-2Don-2Dvocal-2Dfry.html&d=AwIBaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=sRkhHMQo6W5Ird1lkQFqb23bCfSHAR2XjUSUG53db5M&m=-dHVAJkoLSnohsDej_3JZkO4eS3xrBidxES2tAog3i0&s=_UA7RDNR0hF5PnQm09UPk6yypPp_ArnMoivcnIgjOm8&e=

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