By Sam - 09/02/2011 20:56 - United States
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I have a lisp and don't find this offensive. My job involves me speaking and giving directions to operate certain computers and I've had tons of people copy and/or mention my lisp. Lisps are quite common now. To all the people saying the person should not have taken this job because he/she has a lisp... that's quite rude. He/she is still understandable and can choose any job they desire. People shouldn't make fun of lisps nor deny people who do have them the right to a certain job, but people with lisps shouldn't get so wankered up about idiots making fun of them.
I have a really slight lisp and people demand I say words like seance, smosh and science. I'm used to it now but it still hurts for people to make fun of it. I've even had teachers ask me to :( but I know what op means when they say accidentally because when people make fun me to I start talking in a heavier lisp same goes for when lisps are mentioned. op I feel your pain
203 It's not like she found it funny on purpose. Sometimes you can't help what makes you laugh. OP was trying not to laugh, so she did realize it would not be appropriate to do so. As for what she said at the end, she didn't mean to. It was a slip. Obviously she's not proud of it if she put it on FML.
How cool that you are all speech therapists and know all the rules as to what constitutes a lisp. I'm so impressed. Too bad you can't agree. I would imagine there are many different lisps. No two people are exactly alike so I doubt there is one clear definition. Besides, all speech impediments are articulation problems. derrrr...
Well, if you want to get technical, speech therapists generally don't use the term "lisp" since it's not specific enough to accurately describe someone's error because people can interpret the term differently (as seen in the different comments above). Plus, what's wrong with having a debate about the subject? Isn't that part of the point of comments?
@214 I was actually going from memory from an admittedly brief discussion on the term in an undergraduate class (I am also currently in grad school for speech language pathology), and it might just depend on who you talk to. I will concede the fact that perhaps today's convention is to use "lisp" to refer to only the interdental/s/, but it's a old term and it seems it was acceptable to use it to describe both the lateral and interdental forms. Here's a non-wiki source with the term in the title: Silverman, E. (1976). Listeners' Impression of Speaker with Lateral Lisps. Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders, 547-552. It's from the 70s so the general consensus for the meaning of "lisp" has perhaps shifted, but it originally did refer to both (you can find other sources from the same time frame referring to both lateral and interdental/frontal lisps). It's just not a term the field uses as an official term anymore though, as I think we can both agree that when describing someone who is replacing /s/ with "th" we would call it "dentalizing" or an interdental /s/, not a lisp. And yes, I agree with you that the correct official term is, in fact, "lateralization" for the sh-like or slushy /s/.
I agree that it was rude and immature. however, OP said it was an accident, hopefully this is true and they truly feel sorry for what they did. also, has anyone thought maybe it was a little strange that someone with an obvious speech impediment would choose a job that involves public speaking? the tour guide should have chosen a job more suited to her talents that didn't involve public speaking. that way incidences like this one wouldn't occur. ( FYI I'm not saying people with disabilities/ impediments shouldn't work, I'm saying they should be wiser about it and choose employment that shows their strengths and not short comings. which I realize is difficult in this economy) sorry for the grammatical/spelling errors.
Well, that's what happens when you laugh at people with problems. Are you 10?
And the FML here is that you didn't get to go on the museum tour? You sound like a 6-year-old who didn't get dessert because you misbehaved. Honestly. How is lisping even that amusing in the first place? And even if it is, try to control yourself and be just a little more sensitive to people with problems. She face up to her minor disability every morning because she has the competencies to do the guided tours, and you ridicule her for it. Fuck HER life, not yours.