wst wrote: hate it when people tell me to speak up, and I'm speaking loud enough. Though I speak louder when I'm having fun.
And when my voice broke, it went almost overnight in a school term, and I was getting funny looks from people as my voice went from fairly high to the lowest in the school. Woo testosterone. (It actually broke twice, once I think due to a cold or something)
Yeah, I hate that kind of thing. Talking for more than 5 minute stretches is actually enough to make me hoarse now, since I don't speak that much... I feel like I've had a cold or something and my vocal cords need to relax for a minute.
Damn, somebody said this before I did...
But yes, I hate always being told to speak up- the one time in my life I actually had a speaking role in a play (school play, long story), the teacher directing actually pulled me out during rehearsal, took me to another classroom, stood me in the opposite corner, and told me to talk until I was projecting enough for him to hear. Most frustrating half-hour of my life.
I don't know about others, but I think for me the cause is a combination of intense shyness and trying not to be noticeable (I walk fairly quiet too, which leads to interesting moments, say, on a dark catwalk when people suddenly turn around >:)), and all my senses being slightly too sensitive (sunlight/fluorescent lights are a little painful, a little bit of perfume is cloying, etc. Same goes for sounds).
Anyway, as far as more... ah... "traditional" speech problems, I have a weird almost-stutter- I don't repeat sounds, but I'll stumble over words and double them, or parts of them. Difficult words do this, but mostly I think it's a space-filler while I think- it irritates me, but I can't get rid of it. My only other speech problem is my pronunciation- I really hate Southern accents, especially my own (clarification: I hate the "lower-class" Southern accent- it may be diction more than accent that annoys me), and learning phonics left me woefully unprepared for loanwords from foreign languages. I have horrible memories connected with the word asylum...