Lip reading is much harder than the movies make it look. Read on to find out why.
Every so often I pause to appreciate the miracle that my parents didn't strangle me before I reached adulthood.
Over the holidays I was mercilessly teased for my diphthongs. Before you imagine something far worse than necessary, let me clarify that a diphthong is a combination of vowel sounds spoken in one syllable—think the “ah-oo” in “cow.” Minnesota where I was raised, monophthongs predominate, particularly the “long o.” A Minnesotan says boat as “b-oh-t,” …
This time of year, I like to remind myself that it is the season of giving, not the season of getting.
Ataraxia first caught my eye due to its phonetic resemblance to a motor speech disorder, apraxia, and a muscular coordination disorder, ataxia. Its meaning, however, could not be more different.
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