In which my speech impediment is criticised, but all ends happily
A true email conversation recently conducted through my website reveals an unexpected moment of courtesy in cyberspace.
While I have not exactly displayed heroism on the Mary Beard scale, it will warm the hearts of the speech-impedimented everywhere.
(Apparently my problem is my enormously long tongue – its great length means that it rather lazily won’t take the trouble to curl up and form the letter ‘R’ properly. But I promise you it’s not for want of trying on my part! I have even consulted a specialist speech therapist, and she said that to cure the problem I’d have to say ‘R’ correctly as many times as I have said it incorrectly in the past. So, I’m sowwy, but I don’t think there’s much I can do about it.)
-I’ll be blunt (apologies) Please try harder to correct your lazy speech or remove ‘R’s’ from your scripts – I could not sit through Bolsover Castle – and became so annoyed I had to write this drivel. Regards. Darren
-Oh Darrren, I think you’ve taken refuge behind the anonymity of the internet to say something that you probably wouldn’t say to my face. Please do re-consider, and maybe even retract your unkind words! Lucy
-I apologise! Even though I revel in my ignorance and rudeness I would not wish to upset you face to face and the anonymity of the internet made me forget this. My unkind and blunt words were an instant and disproportional response to my annoyance with a speech impediment which is obviously out of your control. Even though you have lost a viewer, rest assured that I feel embarrassed and chastened and will not be sending any more email outbursts (to anyone). Yours humbly, Darren.
-Many thanks Darren for your generous response! Lucy