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The Most, Least Talkative States

If a New Yorker calls an Iowan, it might be lopsided

(Newser) - It may not be a huge surprise that New York is ranked No. 1 in a list of the most talkative states, but any guesses on the least talkative? The distinction goes to Iowa, according to analytics firm Marchex . It arrived at this conclusion by analyzing 4 million phone calls... More »

Why It's So Hard to Get Rid of Your Accent

Tip: Try being under 5 years old

(Newser) - Even after we've become well-versed in a second language, that native accent can be tough to shake. In short, an expert tells LiveScience , that's because you probably are older than age five. Between birth and that age, our flexible minds are good at picking up different sounds. But... More »

Post-Surgery John Mayer: I Won't Talk for Months

And no singing for half a year: blog

(Newser) - We won't be hearing from John Mayer for awhile. In a post on his tumblr blog , the singer announced: "Silent for the next few months, no singing for probably six, but all signs point to this being the last step in getting to perform again." Mayer canceled... More »

Young Women: Our Linguistic Pioneers?

Their speech patterns set trends the rest of us follow, say experts

(Newser) - Girls often get mocked for their uptalking—ending sentences at a higher pitch—or frequent use of "like." But it's time to give them credit for leading the way when it comes to language patterns, linguists tell the New York Times . "If women do something like... More »

Why Talking on the Phone Stinks

The pleasantries, the epic goodbyes make conversation totally lame

(Newser) - Though you'll have to pry the smartphone out of most Americans' cold, dead hands, there are plenty of reasons why those gadgets are good: They allow you to communicate in so many ways other than talking. The Oatmeal illustrates (literally) 10 good reasons why talking on the phone sucks:
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Gabby Katie Ruins New Moon for Fans

She and two friends talked all through the movie

(Newser) - Katie Holmes is apparently chatty. A little too chatty for New Moon fans. Mrs. Tom Cruise and two friends went to check out the flick in a NYC theater, reportedly gabbing all through the ticket-buying process and, alas, the entire movie. Fans were miffed, but fearing retribution, kept it zipped,... More »

Bloomberg: Um, Lay Off Caroline, You Know?

Hizzoner empathizes with Kennedy's speech issues

(Newser) - Caroline Kennedy’s speech has been, um, you know, attacked mercilessly in recent days, but Michael Bloomberg says that’s because Kennedy is unfairly scrutinized more than other, you know, candidates. “Caroline Kennedy isn’t just your average person, so people may be a little more critical,” the... More »

Caroline's Like, Um, No Word Whiz

Interview stumbles raise flags about Kennedy's political speaking skills

(Newser) - Caroline Kennedy needs to, you know, work on her speaking skills if she is to have a future in politics, experts tell the New York Daily News. In a recent half-hour interview with the News, Kennedy said "you know" over 200 times. Other interviews also contained scores of "... More »

Moviegoer Shoots Man for Talking

He pulls gun while trying to watch Benjamin Button

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man attempting to watch The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in peace resorted to violence, shooting the father of a family that was talking during the film, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The father survived the gunshot wound to his arm, while the attacker was charged with attempted murder,... More »

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