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TWP, PG 158-162 - He credits this frequent habit to writing...

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Kevin Pintauro January 29, 2007 P 158-162 Edward Hoagland, the author of “On Stuttering” introduces his story by comparing the same speech impediment to “trying to run with loops of rope around your feet”. He describes what it is like to carry out a basic conversation with someone who isn’t, at first, aware that he is stuttering rather hiccupping or having a cold. He says without saying that he has also encountered a lot of verbal abuse from stuttering by saying he can pick out the “good” people in a crowded room as opposed to the “bad” people in the room who may make fun of him. Communicating with people for Hoagland was difficult for him in school in the sense that people simply couldn’t comprehend what he was trying to say or were too impatient to hear him out and had him just write everything he wanted to say down on paper.
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Unformatted text preview: He credits this frequent habit to writing his first novel before he left college. Nevertheless, Hoagland did his best to say as little as possible, even when he had much more and much better things to say than others did about a certain subjects. As much as he wanted to just blurt out his opinions and ideas, he still censored himself from saying more than just the key words so that people could just fill in the blanks easily. Over the years, he grew used to it and had an “accepted self-confidence” in himself that gradually allowed him to speak more. The stuttering even seemed to dissipate at times completely, but never went away entirely or for long. He describes his stuttering as is “personal Godzilla” and the ball carrier on the football team having on and off days....
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