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Today's Pet Peeve: Unctuous Voice Man. [Feb. 6th, 2008|01:36 pm]
terribleturnip
You know him. He's usually doing BMW or other expensive car radio ads. Now he's doing plantation shutters for Next Day Blinds. He's like the knock-off version of the old guy who used to play the law professor on that show...damn, surely one of you geeks will remember him.

Anyway, he says things like: Reeeeaaaaally. (long pause before the next word) Then yada yada "plaanntaaaation shut ters" . It's like he rolls each word around in his mouth for a bit and gets it all coated with saliva, sucks on it a bit before he delivers it on a silver salver.

Listening to him is like putting used chewing gum in your brain. Blecch.

On a different note, I heard said commercial on the way back from Whole Foods where I heard two customers utter "ATM machine" and "Pin Number" on separate occasions. Proof that paying more for your food doesn't mean you're any smarter.

(Hey, I was just there for Parmesan Cheese. And a Brazilian Shrimp Burrito...which made me giggle because I always think of personal grooming anymore when I hear the word "Brazilian", which means I may be smart, but still childish AND paying too much for my food. But the joke was on me because I had no idea that those sea monkeys qualified as "Shrimp" in Brazil...)
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2008-02-06 06:48 pm (UTC)
John Housman.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2008-02-06 06:50 pm (UTC)
As if I didn't have enough reasons to love you....
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[User Picture]From: warriorsway
2008-02-06 07:02 pm (UTC)
Smart should always be tempered with childish. I'm in the same boat.
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2008-02-06 07:13 pm (UTC)

I hereby designate this post as Full of Win.

For use of some of the finest, yet most underused, words in the English language: unctuous and salver. I also hereby request that you work "twee" into a future post, as it is a personal favorite.

(icon in honor of your shrimp excursion)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2008-02-06 09:23 pm (UTC)

Re: I hereby designate this post as Full of Win.

Oooh, ooh, I LOVE twee! And you have a brine shrimp icon....impressed.
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[User Picture]From: lowlandscot
2008-02-07 03:31 pm (UTC)

I Don't Understand.....

Why radio stations go through these fads with the voices they use on air. The guy who does the Jos. A Banks commercials drives me nuts. He's talking about shirts and ties, for crying out loud, in a voice like Moses parting the Red Sea. And now he's started showing up in other commercials, doing not voice-overs but playing characters. In that same voice. It's all wrong -- it's like going to chat with your neighbor over the fence and he's declaiming at you like Lionel Barrymore.

Back when Susan Stamberg was the co-anchor on All Things Considered, every PBS station in every podunk college burg had a female announcer that sounded just like her. One of her was fine, 250 was excessive.
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