You know what I'm talking about. That gravelly, creaky-speak that so many young women employ (yeah, and some young men - although it seems less noticeable with men because of their vocal pitch). It's everywhere now, on the radio, television, on the street. Even ON NPR! I'm not easily annoyed, normally, by very much. I'm fairly patient with other drivers, with waiting in line, with being put on hold, even with sluggish Internet. I understand. Stuff happens. But vocal fry is slowly driving me crazy. I wonder why these (mostly) women can't hear themselves. And if they can–if they're aware of how they sound–do they honestly think that vocal frying makes them seem attractive? Smart? Professional?