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Do You Stutter When You Type?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by JayFreddy, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    I've been noticing this of myself lately. I'm not a lightning fast typist, but I probably bounce along at around 60 words per minute, on average, and I am touch typing, i.e., I don't look at my fingers.

    Recently, I've found that I'll make a post, and then when I proof read it, or sometimes after I've posted, I'll find that I've repeat certain words, or sometimes whole sections of sentences. Apparently I do this subconsciously, and it's weird to come back later and see that I've done it.

    For example, it it could be as simple as something like repeating a pronoun.

    Other times I might actually repeat an entire actually repeat an entire piece of a sentence.

    I don't recall doing this when I was younger.

    I'm wondering if this could possibly be a sign of something else... Hopefully nothing serious... Anyway, thanks in advance for any insight you might be able to provide.

  2. Glen Smith

    Glen Smith RIP

    Aug 20, 2011
    I wouldn't worry wouldn't worry about it.

  3. Justinvs

    Justinvs Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 31, 2008
    Wise River, Montana
    I do stuff like that all the time, usually hitting the space bar at the wrong time. All my the's come out as either th e, t he, or teh. I wouldn't worry about it overmuch.

  4. misterbluesman

    misterbluesman Tele-Holic

    Apr 19, 2012
    South Carolina
    I do this while talking in real life. I say a sentence and then repeat it under my breath. I've always wondered why I do it.

  5. Count

    Count Friend of Leo's

    Not only do I stutter when I type I also become dyslexic, I just give thanks for spell and grammar checkers. Does not happen when I go back to my quill pen.

  6. Davecam48

    Davecam48 Friend of Leo's Ad Free + Supporter

    Dec 31, 2009
    Queensland Australia
    I don't stutter but my c o m p u t e r duz!

  7. trev333

    trev333 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    I only s s s s stutter when I r r r r rap...:oops:


  8. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Completely off topic, but why not, eh?


  9. Jamie Black

    Jamie Black Friend of Leo's

    originally posted by glen smith

    Jimmy Two Times :cool:


  10. 1955

    1955 Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 10, 2010
    Certain uncertainty
    Well yesterday I ran my super-colon-blow coffee-cocoa-cinnamon smoothie with a straw still in it. I will advise to not use your teeth as a primary filter for stray plastic shards. Combining quick reflexes, cold-sensitivity, and self-loathing is a sure-fire way to then spill an entire blender onto the spice rack. Yay! Coffee-flavored garlic!

    So don't feel so bad.

  11. jumpnblues

    jumpnblues Friend of Leo's

    Mar 16, 2003
    Yes and especially when I write longhand. I just hate it when I ruin greeting cards and I've ruined a bunch. Really pisses me off. I've tried taking my time, etc. to no avail. Same with typing on the computer. Drives me totally insane. But...what ya' gonna' do?


  12. Larry F

    Larry F Doctor of Teleocity Vendor Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Iowa City, IA
    My big problem is in teaching composition, individually and in a class. Over the years, I have developed quite a few things that are important to tell a student, either about a specific spot in a piece that has a problem that I see often in others, or general things that I think composers need to be aware of.

    When I'm speaking to a student one on one, or in a small class, I speak in three parallel time streams. There is the speech of what is physically coming out of my mouth, there is my brain pondering the thing I said a few sentences earlier, and there is the thing that I am planning to say. I do the exact same thing when I play a guitar solo. Same thing, but with notes instead of words.

    The problem is this. Did I already say what I am saying right now, or what I plan to say? When did I say it. A few sentences earlier, an hour earlier with a different student, or last semester with the same or a different group of students?

    Fortunately, I know that I am not alone in having a number of pat things to say. For example, at a conference once, I composer that I had just started to get to know, said to me at intermission, that my piece, which had just been performed, needed to be longer, as it seemed too short to him. Now, I am not known for writing long pieces, so I took this comment very seriously. Several years later, I happened to pass by him after a concert somewhere else, and I overheard him say to another composer that his piece was too short.

    This is a very common phenomenon, I have found. It seems like so many creative people, when offering criticisms, have a somewhat limited number of things that they focus on in someone else's music.

    So, back to me, I'm the same way. The big problem, then, is trying to remember if I have yet said such a thing to someone for the first time or not.

    Then there's this forum. People who have been around here long enough, know very well that I fixate on certain topics, questions, and ideas. Sometimes I didn't feel like I got a satisfactory response, so I bide my time for 6 months, then launch the query again. One example was trying to find out what "sanctified" meant to people. I once overheard one student talking to another about playing music in a certain church. The other student asked of the church, "sanctified?" Later, I was reading Hubert Sumlin's bio or auto-bio, when he discussed his present wife. She was a very religious person, "sanctified," he added. I posed this topic a few years ago, but didn't really get a good answer that satisfied my curiosity. I waited for some time, whether months or years, I can't remember. I then brought it up again, when, to my embarrassment, someone did a search and said I had asked the same question earlier. Well, the embarrassment was pretty slight, but even better, I got a much better set of answers.

  13. Alamo

    Alamo Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 15, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    I wouldn't wouldn't worry about it, but it could be worse.

    like typing with bursts of Tourette syndrome :D

  14. fraser

    fraser Tele-Holic

    Sep 8, 2007
    Hamilton, Canada
    i just use one finger.
    speed doesnt matter when forum posting really.
    and im always using a full sized keyboard,
    never a phone or any of those things.
    i still make mistakes, but when i do,
    its pure ignorance on my part.
    nothing else to blame.

  15. Cat MacKinnon

    Cat MacKinnon Friend of Leo's

    Nov 13, 2011
    i think it's quite the opposite, in fact. as we get older, i think we (usually) try to be more thoughtful about what comes out of our mouths (or keyboards, in this case.) i think our "filters" improve as we age. i'd also like to think we have a lower tolerance for poor grammar (then again, that may just be wishful thinking on my part based on my mom's horrible grammar and spelling.:lol:)

    sometimes i'll actually edit a post multiple times after i've hit "submit", mostly because really bad grammar or spelling on my part drives me nuts (and yes, i'm fully aware that i don't capitalize the first letter in sentences, but that's a whole separate thing that i'm not getting into right now.) it's just a little OCD thing i've got.

  16. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Thanks for all the replies. I want to clarify that I'm not talking about typos. I make those too, but I've always made those.

    This repetition thing is something new, just in the last year or two. Back in my 30's, I was doing a lot of translation work, and my typing was easily 70 wpm, if not more, with 99% accuracy.

    Nowadays my accuracy leaves much to be desired, but I'm quick on the backspace key, so I correct as I go, sacrificing time for accuracy...

    What's weird to me is that sometimes I type something, and then I type it over again subconsciously, without thinking about it.

    Usually it's just just one word, but as I said earlier, sometimes I find that I've retyped nearly half the sentence find that I retyped nearly half the sentence, and I'm not even conscious of it until after I've done it...

    I called it "stutter" because that's the closest verbal analogy I can think of, but it's more like putting cream in the coffee twice, or paying the same bill twice...

    What kind of spooks me is I'm wondering if these could be precursors to Alzheimer's or possibly a predilection towards stroke. It's nothing obvious, but it's obvious enough to me that bothers me. I'm due for a physical anyway. The problem is I don't trust doctors any farther than I can throw 'em, which isn't far because I'm fat and out of shape... lol

    Thanks for letting me ramble.

    Thanks for these too... Never heard of 'em before, but they're absolute GENIUS!

  17. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO

    Oh that is! Thanks for posting it. :D

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