Though not my intention to preach,
A most annoying pattern of speech
Is uptalk; an upward inflection,
Takes voice in a questioning direction.
It’s high rising terminals in the U.K.,
In California, how Valley Girls say,
Or Aussie question intonation for sure,
Or just by the excessively insecure.
Many speech pathologists agree,
Uptalk lacks in authority!
Not in U.S. Exec. Boardrooms as yet:
When millennials take over – you bet!
-- Allan Klepper