Why Do Auctioneers Talk Like That?

“The U.S. Marshals service auctioned off $2.2 million worth of jewelry, shoes, and other possessions that once belonged to disgraced financier Bernie Madoff on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, an auctioneer rattled off lots ‘at a tongue-twisting speed.’ That reminds the Explainer of one of the column’s top ‘Unanswered Questions’ from 2009: Why do auctioneers talk like that? Good question!… it’s time to find out why.” w/ photos

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