Hey, let’s get a little silly for a moment (or two).
People (in my experience anyway) tend to speak in a higher-pitched voice than they do normally (I guess you could call it a high falsetto), when talking to babies and cute, fuzzy little animals. (Heck, I do it all the time!)
Can you imagine talking to your “average” person or persons that way? I mean, away from the comfort of your own home, in public amongst strangers!
I recall when, many, many years ago (when I was in the USAF working in Base Supply), I was working in the main warehouse, and I saw a couple of guys I knew (let’s just say they were acquaintances)—(they worked for Pickup and Delivery), and as they were coming in from making a delivery somewhere on base, I started singing (in a high falsetto)…
“We’re going to the circus!,
We’re going to the circus!!,
We’re going to the circus yes we are!!!”
---- Repeat song as needed!!—
Ya’ know, some people are so touchy!!!
“You some kinda’ nut or sumthin’ ???”, they exclaimed.
(Why be normal???)
I remember one time last year, I was waiting with my parents in a pharmacy waiting room in one of our local hospitals (they were getting some prescriptions filled).
After I picked up the paper slip with their number on it, I sat down next to them.
I turned to them and I said in kind of a happy, excited voice (not in a high falsetto), “I know John Smith!!!”
I was sitting with my parents to my left, and an older woman I didn’t notice (when I first sat down) was sitting to my right.
When I first sat down and said to them “I know John Smith!!!”, my mom said that the lady sitting next to me turned her head and looked at me like I was some kind of nut (well, we won’t go into that right now!)
Anyhoo, I paused for a few seconds, and again I told them (in kind of a happy, excited voice), “I know John Smith!!!”
I guess she looked at me once more, then she quietly (an in some haste), got up from her chair and went to the opposite side of the waiting room.
(So much for making a good first impression!!!)
Well, I guess what I’d like to know from my fellow Dopers is if any of you like to act a little weird in public? (That is, without being intoxicated!!)
Has something like this ever been discussed on the Straight Dope before???