[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.


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