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uptalk

[ uhp-tawk ]
/ ˈʌpˌtɔk /
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noun
a rise in pitch at the end usually of a declarative sentence, especially if habitual: often represented in writing by a question mark as in Hi, I'm here to read the meter?
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Origin of uptalk

First recorded in 1990–95; up- + talk. Uptalk was first noted especially among teenage girls and young women, though it is used among the general population
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British Dictionary definitions for uptalk

uptalk
/ (ˈʌpˌtɔːk) /

noun
a style of speech in which every sentence ends with a rising tone, as if the speaker is always asking a question
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