Research Shows More and More Guys Are Like, Totally Starting to Sound Like Valley Girls

Especially in Southern California.

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Cher was a trailblazer

Who run the world? Girls–at least when it comes to speech trends (and being badass pop stars).

The BBC reports that “uptalk”–the vocal habit practiced primarily by women where your pitch goes up at the end of a sentence like you’re asking a question–is quickly growing in prominence. From one valley girl to my future recruits: welcome to the coven.

Research out of the University of California shows that particularly in Southern California, more and more young men are beginning to adopt the trend of uptalking–which isn’t surprising, since research also demonstrates that it’s primarily women who tend to kickstart vocal trends.

“We found use of uptalk in all of our speakers, despite their diverse backgrounds in socioeconomic status, ethnicity, bilingualism and gender,” one of the researchers told BBC.

Uptalk is typically pigeonholed as being used only by young dumb women, so we’re like, totally looking forward to that perception changing when dudes start adopting it.