T is for Tongue-tied





It’s not often I get tongue-tied. Even if I spout out some nonsensical babble, it is said with clarity. However, when I’m exhausted my facial muscles have been known to shut down, landing me in tricky situations.
 
In my previous job as School Director, part of my duty was to record the holiday message on the answering machine. My German office manager, Kay, was more than capable of recording a message in English but the ‘powers that be’ demanded an English native speaker to do the job. February half-term had arrived and off I trotted to the office to complete this one minute task. Well…

Kay prepared the equipment and handed me the microphone.

“The school is now closed for the Feburarary….(curse).”

Try again.

“The school is now closed for the Febula….(curse, curse, curse).”

Kay let out a small sigh and reset the machine. Try again.

“The school is now closed for the…” Deep breath… a bout of uncrontrollable laughter!

Ten minutes later, I clutched my aching ribs, snorting like a donkey. Tears streamed down Kay's face. That pesky word just wasn’t going to happen. I recomposed myself and Kay performed her duties well by hitting that reset button one last time.

“The school is now closed for the half-term holiday…”

Done.

Have you had one of those moments?

Comments

  1. Yes! I had to record and re-record something for a school play when I was in elementary school, because the principal didn't like my southern pronunciation of a particular word that I can't recall. It was strange, because everyone in the entire school spoke with a southern twang. Now that I no longer live in Texas, people here are disappointed that I don't have a strong Texas drawl. Go figure.

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    1. :) Our accents are part of us and shouldn't be changed. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I hate hearing myself, so just knowing I would eventually hear it, I would've messed that up as well.

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  3. Just a few days ago I was trying to repeat an inside joke to my husband. He knew what I wanted to say. Neither of us could stop laughing enough to get it out. Our children just shook their heads at us. Laughter is good for you.

    Susan Says

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  4. Oh yes! And it always happens when I least expect or need it to. February is my birth month, so when I flub that one, I'm in real trouble. Great story and one I can relate to. At least you had a good laugh.

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    1. It was no normal day but a very funny one I'll never forget.

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  5. Oh, I sure have suffered this. If I'm anxious about something I will completely mangle entire sentences. ~sigh~ Thank you for stopping by my blog. Be well!
    Awakening Dreams and Conquering Nightmares with a Pen
    It looks like I will have intermittent Internet access soon, so forgive me if I don’t stop by as often. I’ll try to maximize whatever time is allowed. Happy blogging!

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    1. Thanks for popping by Darla. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Not a very ladylike sound but I do laugh like a donkey when I find something very funny :)

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  7. It's a similar situation when you phone somebody and it goes to voicemail.
    Leave a message after the beep------*harumph*
    I've messed those up...more than a few times.
    Writer In Transit

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    1. I think every normal person messes that up :)

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  8. I haven't had a moment quite like that, but I have had times when I just can't get the words out. It's like they get stuck in my head!

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    1. I'm sure there's a malfunction in the wiring between brain and tongue at times :)

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  9. Haha. It's happened a lot when I've recorded songs. There's nothing like the red record button to leave you tongue-tied!
    Fran
    @FranClarkAuthor
    Writing Women’s Fiction

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    1. :) How can a red button cause such pressure? It's a button for goodness sake. It won't suddenly slap our wrists :) Maybe we should change the red to a green or a purple or a pink :):)

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  10. oh gosh, who hasn't, and at the most inopportune moment. LOL Although lately it's even worse, I keep forgetting words altogether. So embarrassing when you're trying to make a point.

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    1. It is embarrassing. But those moments give us more content for our writing :)

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  11. I can get tongue-tied sometimes. I think it comes from having too many ideas and thoughts coming at us at once.

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  12. Once or twice it's happened, and it left me laughing and breathless.

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  13. LOL! I sometimes cannot spit the word out and it's like, duh, duh, duh...?

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    1. LOL! Sometimes, I've even been so tongue-tied, I've made similar blaaaaa sounds :)

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  14. Smiling at this, Nicola, as I can just imagine it would send you into giggles eventually! Mind you, it is a difficult month to pronounce when under pressure.

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    1. The probelm is I can't roll my 'r's which makes it even more difficult. But normally I can say it and luckily I've been able to say when teaching the little ones the months of the year.

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  15. February is just one of those tongue tangling words. Thank you for the laughs :-) xx

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    1. Laugh away, Teresa. We all need to do more of it. I do hope Dusty is feeling better. Thanks for stopping by.

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  16. I so loved the post. I could imagine it right till the end :P

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    1. Aaww thanks Dee. Lovely of you to pop over.

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  17. I have that all the time! I am not fluid and often get stuck on trying to find the right word. I actually have written down my voicemail messages otherwise I screw up. Glad you both enjoyed the laughter:)

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    1. This was written down, Birgit! It just wasn't happening :):)

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