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Speak good English: Lisp, slur

BY: By Kwame Asomaning

In last week’s discussion, we dwelt on slang or ‘terms’ and said slang refers to language used among a social group, such as students, criminals, apprentices, etc.

Note that we said slang is a noun and should not be used as a verb to talk about the way a person speaks English, for instance.

We said if a Ghanaian, for instance, speaks English like an American or English man, we should say or write that he speaks English with an American or British accent, NOT he slangs or he is slanging.

I have heard some people use the word LISPING to describe the way some Ghanaians speak English with a foreign accent.

They say or write:

After a short stay in the UK, Araba has started lisping.

This is incorrect.

LISP, a noun, means a fault in the way someone speaks, which makes him or her pronounce ‘s’ sounds as ‘th’, as in:

My new student speaks with a slight lisp. We can use li