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Dec 28 '13
Best of 2013!  Men and women use uptalk differently.
A sociologist studied “uptalk” — ending your statements with a question-like lilt — on Jeopardy! and discovered that men use it most when they’re losing and women when they’re winning.  Why?  

“Men use uptalk as a way to signal uncertainty.”

And also to soften the blow when correcting women, but not other men. 
Women used uptalk to “apologize for their success.”
Read more about this fascinating study at Sociological Images.

Best of 2013!  Men and women use uptalk differently.

A sociologist studied “uptalk” — ending your statements with a question-like lilt — on Jeopardy! and discovered that men use it most when they’re losing and women when they’re winning.  Why?  

Men use uptalk as a way to signal uncertainty.”

And also to soften the blow when correcting women, but not other men.

Women used uptalk to “apologize for their success.”

Read more about this fascinating study at Sociological Images.

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    I apologize for my success, and have a tendency to make myself physically small. I cross my legs, hunch, fold my hands....