Accent Expert Breaks Down Language Pet Peeves | WIRED

For all intensive purposes, dialect coach Erik Singer is literally an expert when it comes to language. So, who better to curve our hunger for knowledge than him and his colleague, fellow dialect coach Eliza Simpson. Erik and Eliza break down some of the most common pet peeves we associate with language; some so common we often take them for granite.
Vocal cord imagery courtesy of Jan G. Svec

Videokymographic images of the three voice registers taken from the study "Svec, J. G. (2004). Research journey: chest-falsetto discontinuity and videokymography. In H. K. Schutte, S. Poppema, \u0026 E. te Bos (Eds.), Physiology and Acoustics of Singing (PAS), 3-5 October, 2002, Groningen, the Netherlands (CD-ROM). Groningen, the Netherlands: Groningen Voice Research Lab ( )", courtesy of Jan G. Svec, Palacky University, Olomouc, Czechia.

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Accent Expert Breaks Down Language Pet Peeves | WIRED


  1. Frosty Frances

    Frosty Frances

    Před 9 hodinami

    My main pet peeve is how poor spellers tend to spell phoenetically. (sp?) So girls wind up with a ridiculous name like 'Shy Ann' or 'Rocks Ann'. I'm pretty sure the parents were shooting for 'Cheyenne' and 'Roxanne'.

  2. Nick Jones

    Nick Jones

    Před 16 hodinami

    I’ll always be annoyed by people using literally as an intensifier.

  3. Bianca


    Před 17 hodinami

    Baily Sarian is an up talk speaker, she'll say something like "He killed his wife and ate her" and it sounds so upbeat and positive and happy😂

  4. Mega Raph

    Mega Raph

    Před 17 hodinami

    Now I get all the youtube comments that say "How ironic". I keep getting confused as to why they keep saying it even though there is no opposite to what they call ironic. People really do like to change the meaning of words huh. I think it's the Americans though.

  5. Mark Gonzalez

    Mark Gonzalez

    Před 18 hodinami

    great video! would’ve loved to hear them talk about the phrase “i could care less” when people really mean “i could not care less”

  6. Matthew Cox

    Matthew Cox

    Před 21 hodinou

    Do I take things for granite? Only when they're set in stone. And then the puns get downright rocky, and it's really not gneiss.

  7. EKS


    Před 22 hodinami

    Mr. Worldwide comin in hot with that creaky voice

  8. Martin McSweeney

    Martin McSweeney

    Před dnem

    “In your own words...”. I have to make up my own words?

  9. Martin McSweeney

    Martin McSweeney

    Před dnem

    Dude, this guy is hilarious!! Amazing delivery. Great material.

  10. Christine Agnew

    Christine Agnew

    Před dnem

    I love Chef John's uptalk ❤

  11. Syamalika dasi

    Syamalika dasi

    Před dnem

    If he was my uni professor I would never skip classes

  12. Glen Bradley

    Glen Bradley

    Před dnem

    6:24 - I don't have any different associations re male vs female, but I could definitely hear her fry a lot more clearly than yours.

  13. Traci K

    Traci K

    Před 2 dny

    Funnily enough means sufficiently like a funnel.

  14. Před 2 dny

    I know it's petty but I can't stand people saying or writing "chomping at the bit." It's "champing at the bit..."

  15. Liz Becker

    Liz Becker

    Před 2 dny

    In other words, don't be a language snob.

  16. Dave Neary

    Dave Neary

    Před 2 dny

    11:56 Shouldn't it be "some good advice that you just can't take"?

    • Dave Neary

      Dave Neary

      Před 2 dny

      Also: 13:30 - l'Académie Française may beg to differ :-) French is one of those languages that attempts to constrain "proper" usage with a central authority ("attempts" being the operative word).



    Před 3 dny

    Dare you to react to Chills’ voice

  18. Richard Tucker

    Richard Tucker

    Před 3 dny

    Can we still try to correct the misuse of their, there and they're. Or, Your, you're and yore? Et tu? To, too, two?

  19. Wee Lynn

    Wee Lynn

    Před 3 dny

    up talk is standard in the Belfast (Northern Irish) accent

  20. Big Scary Steve

    Big Scary Steve

    Před 3 dny

    When I was a child, I consistently misheard the phrase as "to take something for granite"--but I knew that didn't make any sense, so I was puzzled by it for years and years, until I finally figured out it was "to take something for granted."

  21. Craig


    Před 3 dny

    co-worker of mine: "My financial advisor told me I need to diversify my portfolio. You really shouldn’t put all of your eggs in one apple."

  22. Cyfa Retro

    Cyfa Retro

    Před 4 dny

    0:58 hiiii

  23. nichirure


    Před 4 dny

    I find that vocal fry is more common with English speaking people. My first language is Spanish and I never hear people speaking with vocal fry.

  24. Mary Rembach

    Mary Rembach

    Před 4 dny

    The description of this video .... For all intensive purposes, dialect coach Erik Singer is literally an expert when it comes to language. The video is intensive or should I say intense, or maybe intents and purposes. Watched all the tours of US accents. Fascinating! Loved how Erik can speak in every dialect.

  25. notvalidcharacters


    Před 4 dny

    Good worthy thoughts here. I'd just note that we can't inject new meanings to words at the same time the same word has a contradictory meaning, e.g. "Disinterested". It has to mean one or the other or else communication has broken down. My first personal pet peeve came just nine seconds in 0:09 with the word *today*. WAY overused (what other day could it possibly be but the present? What if I don't watch the video until tomorrow?) The same people who seem addicted to "today" seem to be the ones who use *for me*. "Fill this out for me" or "take a seat for me". As if we're there only to serve a dental hygienist or a clerk.

  26. Fat Cat

    Fat Cat

    Před 4 dny

    Him = vocal fry Me = Grudge Attack

  27. QB Livingstone

    QB Livingstone

    Před 4 dny

    We spent a full class in high school listening to my english teacher rant about the alanis morrisette song lol

  28. QB Livingstone

    QB Livingstone

    Před 4 dny

    Lol or the newest Rick and Morty quote "what's love doctor do, Doctor Dolittle"

  29. Mayra Darre

    Mayra Darre

    Před 5 dny

    I love this guy

  30. Palmer Cooper

    Palmer Cooper

    Před 5 dny

    I use the word literally to feel superior to others. I literally know the meaning.

  31. Michael Hardy

    Michael Hardy

    Před 5 dny

    "Around" language usage? That's a usage that's suddenly appearing all over the place in recent months, that I never heard before that. The standard word for this is "about."

  32. Ay Mi Gente

    Ay Mi Gente

    Před 5 dny

    Nobody can verb a noun like a southern women. Grandma can I have a cookie Her: I’ll cookie you! 😧🥺

  33. loriar1027


    Před 5 dny

    Vocal fry can be really hard to listen to sometimes.

  34. Alexandra Zarember

    Alexandra Zarember

    Před 5 dny

    I could listen to Erik Singer endlessly.

  35. L0gginginisstupid


    Před 5 dny

    My friend who constantly gloats about her Master's in English still says [books are in the] lie-berry and when it's cold and windy, it's the "wind shield factor" plus a million others I never correct because it's funnier that her diploma is worthless.

  36. Nerketur Kamachi

    Nerketur Kamachi

    Před 5 dny

    The movie the Santa clause did some egg corns intentionally. "Rose suchek ladder company" And there a song about "olive, the other reindeer" Sometimes indeed eggcorns can cause fun little things to spark creativity.

  37. Julie Peters

    Julie Peters

    Před 5 dny

    I'm sorry but the vocal fry is annoying to me. European women do not fry when speaking English so I think it is an American affectation, more noticeable in certain states. In extreme cases it really does sound like the person is extremely tired or frankly a little moronic!

  38. Michael Farnbach

    Michael Farnbach

    Před 6 dny

    What a lovely sonorous voice this man has…

  39. D B

    D B

    Před 6 dny

    "I'm literally dying right now." is not a good example to use as an intensifier because it is always true. The only people who are not in the process of dying are those who have already died. It would have been better to say "I'm literally melting right now."

  40. Alistair Rooney

    Alistair Rooney

    Před 6 dny

    This video was sick

  41. Tyler Purvis

    Tyler Purvis

    Před 6 dny

    Actually so weird but with the male vs female. To me the male sounds like a older gentleman who is giving a prestigious speech while the female with voice fry almost sounded like an high school student reading aloud to their class. I don’t know if it is just me or?

  42. Andy Arken

    Andy Arken

    Před 6 dny

    Yes, but no. Of course, once the language has changed, you will just use the language as it is then... but until then, it absolutely makes sense to uphold its correct usage to avoid misunderstanding. Just the same with spelling: Shor, u wuld understann me if i rote lyke diss, and maybe one day this will be considered correct spelling. But until then, it just makes conversation more difficult.

  43. Andreas Björkman

    Andreas Björkman

    Před 6 dny

    You can verb any noun with sufficient confidence. For example, I just turned the noun verb into a verb, (v.) verb - the use of a word that is traditionally a noun as a verb.

  44. A Barracuda

    A Barracuda

    Před 6 dny

    I think it should be tubberware

  45. Avery Albert

    Avery Albert

    Před 6 dny

    i absolutely LOVE this take because it totally solidifies (with an expert opinions!) what i have been saying for soooo long. there are some grammar rules worth protecting for clarity's sake but others are just normal evolution of language! its literally (ha) been going on for 1000s of years and will continue until the inevitable extinction of the human race. so just like... chill out man and stop telling young girls they can't use the word literally ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  46. Lady Grace

    Lady Grace

    Před 6 dny

    AX a question. Never going to get OBER DAT WON. Drives me BLONKERS.. lol

  47. Tungkung Langit

    Tungkung Langit

    Před 7 dny

    Yes! He touched on how people criticize these things as feminine and therefore annoying. It's just misogyny, no matter how they mask it.

  48. Ooberskidd


    Před 7 dny

    It's a battle of nutrition.

  49. Dr. Evil

    Dr. Evil

    Před 7 dny

    Now I know how the French feels about this issue.

  50. Breanne C

    Breanne C

    Před 7 dny

    Spelling "a lot" as "alot".

  51. isabella


    Před 7 dny

    Jesus loves y’all ✝️💕

  52. Paul Burket

    Paul Burket

    Před 7 dny

    With exception of ‘card shark’ I’ve never heard anyone say those things after elementary school.

  53. Anzergo


    Před 7 dny

    The purpose of language is communication. If you are able to successfully communicate what you want to communicate, using whatever form of language you use, it doesn't matter how "correct" the language is.

  54. you2099


    Před 7 dny

    Eggcorn? you mean Malaprop?

  55. Alan Fernandez

    Alan Fernandez

    Před 7 dny

    im so attracted to this guy

  56. UselessLesbian


    Před 7 dny

    “Brush” is another example of a noun verbing.

  57. Tom Davies

    Tom Davies

    Před 7 dny

    When he started talking about “Woodchucks”, I had a flashback to the Alice Cooper scene in Mike Myers/Dana Carvey’s Waynes World movie

  58. Xuyliz


    Před 7 dny

    As a danish speaker, i dont agree with the "hun, hund" exaple. Its more about how you stop the word, ands not at all with a creak.

  59. TheDeathMongrel


    Před 7 dny

    My peeve is data. Dotta or Dah-Tuh instead of Day-Tah gives me fits. Then there's the occasional Datas, which only bothers me when not talking about Star Trek. Rodenberry made it singular by making Data proper, then a writer goes and pluralizes it with "A Fist Full of Datas." I'm so glad Mr. Data fought Dr. Polaski and didn't get called Mr. Dotta for the rest of the series....

  60. SurrealGal


    Před 7 dny

    I like how people talk about "loose"ing weight. It makes sense.

  61. Jill Alicia

    Jill Alicia

    Před 7 dny

    Erik should watch Trailer Park Boys. He'll have a field day.

  62. Rayyan Rahman

    Rayyan Rahman

    Před 8 dny

    -what is uptalk? -nothing much how about you

  63. Glen Kaiser

    Glen Kaiser

    Před 8 dny

    Kind of off topic but, we put things in the refrigerator, but if they haven't been cold before, it wouldn't be a REfrigerator but just a frigerator woun't it?

  64. Ryan Mendenhall

    Ryan Mendenhall

    Před 8 dny

    Am I the only one who thought Eliza actually sounded really hot with the creaky voice?

  65. MichaelDarlingCo


    Před 8 dny

    literally now means what it means and also means 'figuratively', but exaggerated as hyperbole to make a point.

  66. MrShanester117


    Před 8 dny

    I hate “I sat there and said” that drives me crazy

  67. 82abn34


    Před 8 dny

    I believe it's a parent's duty to correct language to a degree. At least the child will know how to communicate formally.

  68. Pork C. Fish

    Pork C. Fish

    Před 8 dny

    Wait? "For all intensive purposes," Wired? Really? This post is about language, after all.

  69. Emberwatch Studio

    Emberwatch Studio

    Před 8 dny

    Prior can mean directly before, or directly after.

  70. first name last name

    first name last name

    Před 8 dny

    This is simply amazing! Good knowledge

  71. Genny Zammit

    Genny Zammit

    Před 8 dny

    So interesting! Up talk makes me nuts!!!🤦‍♀️

  72. Riaan Eloff

    Riaan Eloff

    Před 8 dny

    Co-exist together, you say? :-) Much like circling around. ;-)

  73. Name Here

    Name Here

    Před 8 dny

    I hate how the word "optics" has been morphed into a PR term.

  74. Name Here

    Name Here

    Před 8 dny

    "Play it by year."

  75. Vinícius Pereira

    Vinícius Pereira

    Před 8 dny

    I actually tought that fried voice "thing" was, like, how some americans speak, similar to an accent, as if it's a cultural thing, not something people would complain about...

  76. NODA_Republic


    Před 8 dny

    I've always had contempt for people with such a disinterest in the preservation of language. This sort of thing is why history is often debated. We're at a place in time now where language matters, and definitions can universally be applied, and gross misuse of a term due to stupidity should no longer be encouraged and labeled "evolution".

  77. KMP mortensen

    KMP mortensen

    Před 8 dny

    I really like creaky voice

  78. Jole


    Před 8 dny

    People who say «could of» and similar uses of of where it’s supposed to be written ‘ve

  79. Jim Dorman

    Jim Dorman

    Před 9 dny

    Did Eliza really need to look down to read "Four score and seven years ago"?

  80. Laura Holley

    Laura Holley

    Před 9 dny

    Interchanging 'less' and 'fewer' makes you sound uneducated. Sorry, not sorry. People have gotten lazy. Just like using their/there/they're, your/you're interchangably (although these have more distinct definitions). At least get it right in the written form. I'm sorry you didn't hit on 'quantum leap' which means the smallest possible leap. Especially if you're a physicist. Imagine all the confused quantum physicists out there when the TV show came out.

  81. Laura Holley

    Laura Holley

    Před 9 dny

    You need the fun little book "'Scuse me while I kiss this guy." Misheard/misunderstood song lyrics.

  82. BlueSquirrel


    Před 9 dny

    This is amazing 🤗 and interesting

  83. J Hanczaryk

    J Hanczaryk

    Před 9 dny

    Chest of drawers .. called it "chester drawers" my whole life. Stupid Texan accent

  84. James Barnes

    James Barnes

    Před 9 dny

    I love that he’s a dialect expert and his name is ‚Singer‘.

  85. cello4Jesus


    Před 9 dny

    Vocal fry is a pet peeve of mine. It's grating to my ears and I will keep scrolling - no matter how your info is - past a video to save my sanity.

  86. crtcl crafting

    crtcl crafting

    Před 9 dny

    I used to say "it is a blessing in the skies", because English is my second language and it kind of made sense :)

  87. Hakudog5


    Před 9 dny

    I think my biggest english language pet peeve is when people put an "ah" sound after a word that ends in "ing" i.e. "I'm Flying'ah". Granted, it seems to mostly happen with kids and they mostly grow out of it. Sometimes it just evolves into a super hard "gee" sound. I don't mind vocal fry....but improper uptalk does kind of drive me nuts. It seems to be more prevalent in women, but it drives me nuts with both genders. I don't have much room to criticize though...I'm quite mumbly and quiet in my speaking voice and sometimes stammer....usually when I think too hard. Luckily my grievances with others speech patterns usually go unspoken.

  88. Angry Beard Man

    Angry Beard Man

    Před 9 dny

    Clutch is a word that drives me nuts when used wrong. "He came in clutch" What??? I cringe. "It kicks in, in the clutch" STOP!!! I hate it so much.

  89. Angry Beard Man

    Angry Beard Man

    Před 9 dny

    I would rather have vocal fry.

  90. Sara Xong

    Sara Xong

    Před 9 dny

    My 8 year old daughter recently ( within the past year) has become attached to the explanative “Literally!”

  91. Val


    Před 9 dny

    What do you call it when people add syllables to words? Eg hello-uh, what’s up-uh

  92. Lapo œlf

    Lapo œlf

    Před 9 dny

    Für alle deutschen, ich dachte immer es wäre rechts/Linkshändler und nicht rechts/Linkshänder!

  93. Jonatan Pina

    Jonatan Pina

    Před 9 dny

    People who write should of instead od should have, pre Madonna instead of prima donna.

  94. Lou Diehl

    Lou Diehl

    Před 9 dny

    Vocal fry through headphones makes me want to rip out my molars. 😵‍💫

  95. heyitshailey225


    Před 10 dny

    Uptalk is a characteristic of Australian language and accent. We all sound like we’re asking a question with every sentence.

  96. nimskie


    Před 10 dny

    carps pare

  97. Hyrum Aballay

    Hyrum Aballay

    Před 10 dny

    I hate when people use “a” instead of “an” when they write but will use “an” when they speak.

  98. Julie Glo

    Julie Glo

    Před 10 dny

    I knew a woman who said she liked Texas because it has a nice climax. She was into weather.

  99. Julie Glo

    Julie Glo

    Před 10 dny

    I knew someone whose entire family said “jorz” instead of drawers. Never heard that one before or since.

  100. Katie Parish

    Katie Parish

    Před 10 dny

    It’s ‘a new lease OF life!!’ Isn’t it?? 😬