Husky and Hoarse

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Husky and Hoarse

Post by Stevenloan » Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:14 pm

1. Last night after arguing fiercely with my girlfriend, my voice was husky.
2. Last night after arguing fiercely with my girlfriend, my voice got hoarse.

Hi everyone! Between "my voice was husky" and "my voice got hoarse", which sentence is more suitable in this situation?

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Re: Husky and Hoarse

Post by Phil White » Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:49 pm

Generally, we would use "hoarse" to refer to the type of voice you have when you have a very sore throat. It is often deep, but is also "breathy" and it "cracks" with some odd high tones as well. A "hoarse" voice will usually go away again when the sore throat goes away.

A "husky" voice describes a voice that is normally deep and rough, often also whispery. Normally it is used to describe a person's natural voice.

I don't think we would ever describe a person's natural voice as "hoarse", but we might sometimes say that a person's voice is "husky" when they have a sore throat, particularly if we find that type of voice appealing.

So "hoarse" is probably the word you want.
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Re: Husky and Hoarse

Post by trolley » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:07 am

"Husky", used to describe a voice, can also be a compliment. Oddly, it's a quality that seems sexy or desirable to some people. You are definitely looking for "hoarse" or "raspy" in your example.
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Post by tony h » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:27 pm

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Re: Husky and Hoarse

Post by Stevenloan » Fri Aug 02, 2019 3:17 pm

Phil White, trolley and tony h : Thanks a lot for your help. I really appreciate it.

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Re: Husky and Hoarse

Post by Erik_Kowal » Sat Aug 03, 2019 6:26 am

Husky:

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Hoarse:

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Post by Phil White » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:22 am

Raspy:
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By Simon A. Eugster - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0
Husky:
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By Vmenkov - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Gravelly:
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By Stan Zurek - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Rough:
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By Johannes Verspronck - Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, Public Domain

Gruff:
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By Michael Palmer - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
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