upspeak

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noun up·speak \ˈəp-ˌspēk\
variants: less commonly

up–speak

Definition of upspeak

  1. :  uptalk Speak with confidence. Lots of people have speech patterns that convey uncertainty. Eliminate upspeak—giving the last syllable a higher inflection. — Kathryn Rem, The State Journal-Register (Springfield, Illinois), 21 June 1998 … the giddy upspeak of the L.A. Basin (Hi? My name is Mary?) … — Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 20 Mar. 2000

upspeak

less commonly

up–speak

intransitive verb,

upspoke

\ˈəp-ˌspōk\ play also

up–spoke

;

upspoken

\ˈəp-ˌspō-kən\ play also

up–spoken

;

upspeaking

also

up–speaking

;

upspeaks

also

up–speaks

There's this linguist? Cynthia McLemore? Who studied female students at the University of Texas? Who up-speak a lot? And she found out that up-talk may very well serve a useful purpose. All those up inflections? They draw attention to what one says, McLemore claims. — Bonnie McGrath, Chicago Tribune, 28 Nov. 1993

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1994

First Known Use of upspeak

1994


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