Hair dictionary: to have hair in one’s mouth
To have a lisp
The myth: Literally, having ‘hair in one’s mouth’ which prevents the speaker from being able to pronounce certain sounds. The person is therefore thought to have pronunciation problems due to having caught a piece of hair in their mouth.
What it really means : Having ‘hair in one’s mouth’ simply means that the speaker has a speech impediment, or that they lisp. This, of course, has nothing to do with catching a strand of hair in your mouth, simply that the speaker has difficulty saying certain sounds. For example, S sounds become TH. People who lisp appear to have something stuck in the mouth which prevents them from speaking clearly. This speech impediment can be corrected, in most cases, with the help of a speech therapist.
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