Do you creak?

From Slate’s *Lexicon Valley*, [an episode]( about a vocal affection in young, “upwardly mobile” American women. It’s called **creaky voice**, and it describes a speaker using staccato bursts in the back of the throat. It’s raspy, deep and quite familiar.

The “creaking” sound grates on the ears of NPR veteran, Bob Garfield. **But when played to American college women, it conveys professionalism, urbanism and a woman whose career is on the rise.**

Listen to this example from a Deutsche Bank interview series, especially the first speaker, a managing director named Jane. **Nearly all the women in this video creak.**

(via [CNBC](

The explanation given in *Lexicon Valley* is that the creaky affection **lowers the voice’s pitch, making it sound deeper.** And a deeper voice can be beneficial, especially in the workplace.

Take for example Marget Thatcher. Her high notes were [“dangerous to passing sparrows”]( Upon the recommendation of her advisers, **she lowered her pitch and moved up the ranks to eventually become prime minister.**

Soooooo maaaaaybe there is something to aaaaaall this creaking?

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