I have heard some comments regarding the fact that we will always be people who stutter and are never fully cured.
The definition of “stutter” in the Merriam Webster dictionary:
Definition of stutter (Entry 1 of 2)
1: to speak with involuntary disruption or blocking of speech (as by repetition or prolongation of vocal sounds)
2: to move or act in a halting or spasmodic manner
the old jalopy bucks and stutters uphill
— William Cleary
: to say, speak, or sound with or as if with a stutter
Definition of stutter (Entry 2 of 2)
1: an act or instance of stuttering
2: the habitual tendency to stutter
had a mild stutter
Now, with that definition in mind, how could I possibly call myself a “stutterer”? I have not stuttered in 3 and a half years, I have not thought about stuttering in about 2 and a half years, and I definitely will never stutter again. This means that I no longer fit the definition of a person who “stutters”.
To say I am a stutterer who does not stutter is absolutely ludicrous in my opinion! What’s yours?
It’s interesting because many people have noticeable blocks or hesitations in their speech and they still don’t considered to be stutterers. And they also don’t make a big deal out of it and don’t have a bigger fear of speech than an average speaker.
So, I think fear of speech and the identity and self-image of being a stutterer is also a great part of stuttering.
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