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"Stammering" and "Stuttering"

Ernest Tompkins
JAMA. 1916;LXVI(26):2113. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580520069020.
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To the Editor:  —May I call attention to the increase in the confusion in regard to stammering by the effort to substitute German usage (Fletcher, J. M.: The Etiology of Stuttering, The Journal A. M. A., April 8, 1916, p. 1079) for our well established English words "stammering" and "stuttering"?Dr. F. A. Bryant, writing under date of 1913, says:"The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia" explains the terms by stating that "he who stammers has great difficulty in uttering anything; the result is broken and inarticulate sounds that seem to stick in the mouth, and sometimes complete suppression of voice. He who stutters makes sounds that are not what he desires to make, and the result is a quick repetition of some one sound that is initial in a word that the person desires to utter, as c-c-c-catch."... This is the attitude taken by every writer on the subject whose


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