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Jumbled alphabet soup words tumbling out of my mouth ( Conversation problems)

When I try to talk to people and my words either turn into jumbled alphabet soup or I have a chronic case of it’s-on-the-tip-of-my-tongue-but-won’t-come-out-as-real-wordsism.

One such case was a few years ago when I took my push lawnmower down to a local auto shop just down the hill from my house. I wanted to be somewhat normal in what I was going to say to the guy behind the counter, but what came out of my mouth instead of ‘Excuse me, sir. I would be much obliged if you would kindly fix my lawnmower for me.’ was:

Me: “Ah… Uh… Hey! Um… I need…” *gestures frantically to the lawnmower* “This! T-T-This refrigerator! Vacuum cleaner! This thing! This la-la… LAWNMOWER! Yeah… Fix it, please?…”

The guy looked at me like I was on crack or something.

Am I alone here?

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I know exactly what you mean. I hate when that happens. It's so embarrassing. It doesn't happen too often, but when I realize it's happening, I get nervous and it gets even worse. I've learned that when I start having problems like this, I can slow down a lot and just "try" to let the words come out clearer. A speech therapist taught me that.

Sorry it's happening to you.


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