September 10, 2015
"Many politicians have vocal tics and they are usually unaware of their speaking pattern. Often, these tics or quirks in speaking style are due to regionalism and go unnoticed if a campaign is conducted at the state or district level," said Erik Bucy, a professor of strategic communication at Texas Tech. "Nationally, vocal tics may persist early in a presidential cycle but are likely to be coached away in the eventual nominee. Typically, pet phrases are used to indicate bonding or affinity for an in-group, or potential supporters a candidate would like to curry favor with."
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