This might be not at all interesting unless you’re named Sarah. Quite probably not. But as I am… here we go.
According to the journal Speech Communication, some Finnish physiologists did a study in 2003 called “Conveyance of emotional connotations by a single word in English”.
The word, as you’re guessing, was “Sarah”.
They had people say it 10 ways, to express â€œnamingâ€, â€œsadâ€, â€œpleadingâ€, â€œadmiringâ€, â€œcontentâ€, â€œcommandingâ€, â€œastonishedâ€, â€œscornfulâ€, â€œangryâ€, and â€œfrightenedâ€. And they had people guess which ones were which.
So what I want to know is…
Science. It’s mysterious.