Millions of Brits have a special voice for different occasions – with many putting on a ‘phoning in sick’ voice when calling their boss.
However, the study of 2,000 adults revealed of these 79 per cent feel they need to exaggerate because they fear they won’t be believed.
In fact, they are most likely to put a particular voice on when playing with children, cracking a joke and giving someone a telling off – while one in 10 even have a job interview voice.
One in four have a unique voice they reserve for their partner’s ears only, with 37 per cent describing this as ‘cute’ and 22 per cent say theirs is ‘playful’.
But embarrassingly, nearly half (49 per cent) have accidentally allowed their private voices to slip out in public.
Brits are most likely to bring out these unique voices for pets and babies – and when speaking to a tot, 54 per cent communicate in that way to get a smile out of them, while one in three think it’ll help them be understood.
Yet curiously, more than half (58 per cent) have ‘no idea’ where these different tones come from.
And 56 per cent have had their special voices pointed out to them, evoking feelings of happiness (29 per cent) and silliness (28 per cent).
The research was commissioned by Jakemans as part of its campaign to explore the power of the voice and how we use it.
The menthol throat lozenges brand has also teamed up with vocal expert Sue Addlestone, who said: “When communicating with others, we unconsciously adapt the way we speak to mirror the tone and accent of the person we are speaking to.
“We can also make these unconscious changes in different environments, for example: sounding different when talking to a friend in a pub

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