Lately I’ve had my attention caught by something I’d never given much thought. As I listened to the weather forecaster on the radio, I realized he/she was talking very fast. Then I noticed the sportscasters doing the play-by-play of hockey or baseball games were just ripping through their sentences. Next it was the traffic reporters. Names of highways, accidents, traffic back-ups and the causes for them didn’t just trip off the tongue, they flew off.
So how do people in these positions talk so fast? Are they trained to speak that way? Do they place special emphasis on being clear so that we can hear every word even when it is sailing past our ear at supersonic speed?
Perhaps the sportscasters are trying to give us a sense of the speed of the game. The traffic reporter and the weather forecaster are probably given only so much time to make their reports. If they have a lot of content to get in, they must speak quickly.
I don’t think I could speak that fast. I’d get my tang all tougled up for sure.