Originally Posted by Shibby!
I take offense to that... I think that's a "trendy" way of sounding cool by lower IQ people brought on by "reality" tv shows.
Sounds like people are whining all the time. I can't stand it.
It must be "reasonably new". When I moved to Japan in 1991, the only noticeable rising intonation in normal speech came with the telltale final interrogative "eh" at the end of far too many sentences.
(Here in Tokyo, the equivalent is "ne", with the same short 'e' sound. I felt right at home.