You sound horrible!

This is what people say to you when you're sick and your voice changes.

The word "horrible" means "really bad". So telling someone that they sound "horrible" can be taken as an insult. If you say that your friend sounds horrible after she sings karaoke, it's really mean. But when someone is sick, telling them "You sound horrible!" expresses your sympathy for them.

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