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today's wwftd is... disfluency

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    the worthless word for the day is: disfluency [dis-, apart or away + fluency] /dis FLOO un see/ 1) Pathol. : impairment of the ability to produce smooth,
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 1, 2008
      the worthless word for the day is: disfluency

      [dis-, apart or away + fluency] /dis FLOO un see/
      1) Pathol. : impairment of the ability to produce smooth,
      fluent speech
      2) an interruption in the smooth flow of speech, as by a
      pause or the repetition of a word or syllable; lack
      of skillfulness in speaking
      also,dysfluency


      "People doubt the believability of a message when these
      delivery factors are present: (a) weak eye contact,
      looking at people infrequently; (b) frequent disfluencies
      (e.g., "uhs," "uhms"); (c) the use of abnormal hand or
      arm movements associated with fidgeting; and (d) overuse
      of hand gestures."
      - W. T. Coombs, Ongoing Crisis Communication (2007)

      "I have cleaned up some minor dysfluencies in Clinton's
      testimony."
      - Steven Pinker, The Stuff of Thought [note] (2007)

      -tsuwm
      http://home.comcast.net/~wwftd
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