Vocal Fry is a way of speaking that sounds low and raspy. A more technical description is that it’s “a low, staccato vibration during speech, produced by a slow fluttering of the vocal cords” (Source).

Here are some examples of vocal frying:

Similarly to uptalk, a way of speaking that adds a high intonation in the end of sentences, vocal fry is a contested speech pattern. Despite being part of the general diversity in human expression, this pattern has been associated with negative stereotypes (Learn more here and here).


  • Have you ever vocal fried? Is it a common practice where you live?