Torie Bosch wants to be offended but can't stop laughing:
Despite outliers (I recently caught my boyfriend, who is surrounded by women at his current job, saying, "Sometimes it’s like, oh my God"), these speech patterns are indeed dominated by women. How often do you hear a man say, "Can you do me a huge favor?" or 'I’m half excited and half scared." It seems to me that many of these phrases represent the way women are socialized to behave, such as demonstrating deference and pleasing others, as with "No, you're not!" (apparently uttered in response to a friend making a self-deprecating comment).
Amanda Marcotte has mixed feelings.