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Does anyone here stutter?
#1239171 Sat Oct 14 2017 03:49 AM
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When I was in grade school there was a girl in the class ahead of mine who spoke with a very severe stutter. Sometimes it was nearly impossible for her to get the words out. She struggled all through grade school and I have to think that it could not have been a very pleasant experience for her. She eventually grew up, got married, and moved out of state.
I had a chance to speak briefly with her when she was back for her father's funeral. Even after 50+ years she still had a very difficult time carrying on a conversation. Yet, she was out there greeting the folks as they came in to the visitation.
Just wondering if anyone here is afflicted with that and, if so, how it has affected your life?


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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239186 Sat Oct 14 2017 11:08 AM
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Long ago, I worked with a guy that stuttered really bad when speaking face-to-face. It made communication very difficult. Oddly when speaking on the phone, he rarely stuttered at all. It seems awfully frustrating for the person that has the affliction.

Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239319 Sun Oct 15 2017 03:07 AM
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I took a communication class in college. It was called Public Speaking. There was an older woman who stuttered horribly when she tried to read her speech from notes. Everyone in the class was very supportive of this lady.
One day she was trying to fight though it but was not getting anywhere. Then she looked up from the page and blurted out the most clearly spoken, well organized, and emotionally revealing filthy and vulgar interpretation of her frustration.
It brought the house down.

Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239344 Sun Oct 15 2017 11:06 AM
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Way back in the 70's, shortly after sweetie face and I were married, we
got interested in transcendental meditation as it was the fad at the time.
There was a group meeting scheduled for a Wednesday evening class
in the basement of our local bank, all interested in "inner peace, relaxation
and wellness" were invited.
About a dozen of us showed up and were seated in the folding chairs
that they'd set up. The speaker started his presentation out with the worst
case of stuttering I'd ever heard. After about 5 minutes of his trying to
get it said I realized it wasn't part of the act and the irony of the situation
had set in. I could barely contain myself and leaning over whispered in
my wife's ear, "I know this is gonna be embarrassing, but I gotta get out
of here...right now!"
We felt sorry for the guy, but then again, he really shouldn't have been
trying to conduct a seminar on "inner peace, relaxation and wellness"
with such an impediment.
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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239368 Sun Oct 15 2017 02:35 PM
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some times, depends upon if I have to answer to my boss (wife)
for something that might be on her mind.. ever been there?


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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239371 Sun Oct 15 2017 02:44 PM
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Judging by the responses above, I doubt you will get many to open up about their issues here. Having others assume they are retarded, try to understand them, show "empathy" or just finish their sentences for them must be loads of fun, I bet. Especially when studies show that most of them are of above average intelligence and excel at other forms of communication (like painting, or writing or graphic arts).

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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239374 Sun Oct 15 2017 03:01 PM
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I have a friend that had a stroke about ten years ago.
He lost the part of his brain for speech. New what he wanted to say, but couldn't say it.
Nothing else was effected, but he would get real frustrated trying to say something.
When he got frustrated, the foul words would come out though.

He is doing fine now and can hold a conversation.
I must add, he is a very smart fellow and a great mechanic.


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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239395 Sun Oct 15 2017 07:50 PM
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Coworker of mine had stuttering issues he had worked through for years. It was relatively minor, I think. Got worse when he was nervous or agitated and sometimes almost non-existent.

I got to the point where I didn't even notice, but folks who weren't around him all the time seemed to.

Sharp dude. Great employee.

Last edited by JW51; Sun Oct 15 2017 09:34 PM.
Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239396 Sun Oct 15 2017 07:58 PM
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Re: Does anyone here stutter?
Rich'sToys #1239437 Mon Oct 16 2017 01:13 AM
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I had a chemistry professor, new to the college who had a significant stutter. We were required a full year of chemistry, which means 2 semesters.
I had a childhood friend who had a bad stutter, so it was not an issue for me. Unfortunately that was not the case for 80% of the students who did not take the second semester of chemistry.
Their loss in my opinion. This professor was very good at presenting a very dry subject in such a way as to make it applicable in real life situations.

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