Wednesday, November 14, 2007

losing a lisp or an election?

If you lisp and want a quick vocal lesson on correcting it, listen to NPR's story yesterday by comedian Mo Rocca about his own lisp--and that of presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani. S is the culprit for both speakers, and a speech therapist walks Rocca through the various types of lisps involving an s, then works with him on, yes, the presidential oath of office to correct it. (The oath is full of s-sounds--especially "the Consitution of the United States of America.") The therapist notes that three weeks of concerted effortand training could help either Rocca or Rudy correct his lisp; then the discussion moves to whether you want to lose it.

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