While writing the Saranay Motel post I looked up vocal cords on Wikipedia and thought this information to be quite amusing given the context of the search. I also discovered that, properly, vocal cords are folds, not cords: “The vocal folds discussed above are sometimes called ‘true vocal folds’ to distinguish them from the false vocal folds. These are a pair of thick folds of mucous membrane that sit just above, and protect, the more delicate true folds. They have minimal role in normal phonation, but are often used in screaming and the DEATH GRUNT singing style.” (Emphasis mine)
My false vocal folds are killing me.