Or I used to.
I've been told that it's gone away. Some claim they still hear it.
I don't know, I've never really been aware of it, personally.
I figure it's a result of an underdeveloped jaw and teeth that are just too bloody big for my head. I have vague memories of being sent to a speech-language pathologist as a small child who spent hours with me insisting that I try to make a boat with my tongue...
Clearly, the pathologist was a waste of time, because 20+ years later I still had this impediment. Go figure.
I once dated a guy who had a real 'thing' for my lisp. For reasons entirely beyond my comprehension, he found it...sexy?
Let me be clear. I don't have one of those cute cross-between-a-two-year-old-and-Tweety-Bird lisps where all your Elle's and Arh's come out like Double-You's.
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In university, I somehow always ended up doing oral presentations on topics that succeeded in aggravating my particular speech impediment:
For History of Science: An independent study on the history and development of the Oral Contraceptive. Lots of fun words to say, like Estrogen, and Progesterone!
For Minority Groups throughout the World: A presentation on... The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment
and for Environmental Science: The Commercial Fishing Industry in Canada: Pacific Salmon.
Oh yeah.. for that last one, I had a choice, east coast or west coast. Do you think I picked the east coast? Oh Hell no. That would have been too easy. Not nearly enough Ess sounds in ATLANTIC COD, noshiree.