voicism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

voice +‎ -ism

Noun[edit]

voicism ‎(uncountable)

  1. Discrimination against and negative perception of people based on how their voices sound.
    • 1995, Pam Ayres, "Permit me my wrinkles", The Independent, 13 October 1995:
      Yet I hardly ever see a reference to myself in the press without some put-down relating to my voice. Make way for the Bucolic Bard, the Rustic Rhymster, the Shakespeare of the Shires. It is irritating after 20 years. But, Mrs Shephard, despite all my years of fighting "voicism", I would not want all the wrinkles ironed out of our language.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:voicism.

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