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Zeeshan Haidery
Asked a question 2 years ago

May I know why a particular way of addressing is employed i.e. "People/person who stutters". Rather than saying "he/she is a stutterer" or "he/she is a stammerer". Is that a rude way of addressing people in any way? The only association I can make of the above sentence is saying "people of colour" which has been changed, rather than using the pejorative alternate which was used earlier. Does anyone know the history/etymology of the sentence usage "people/person who stutters"? Peace to everyone.

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I usually don't tell people I have a stutter unless it's a job interview or to someone I need to tell. When I do mention it I say "I just wanted to let you know I have a stutter". For me, I like to clarify "I" because it makes me feel in control. If someone says "a person who stutters" I think its just a way of being polite since it's recognizing you are still a person. That's just my opinion. 

Hi Zeeshan, thanks for you question! 

It's a very interesting one I think. The use of "person who stutters" is an example of person-centred language, which can be helpful for creating more healthy identities in regard to disability and align better with holistic approaches to treatment. This article discusses some of these issues in relation to stuttering in more detail, I highly recommend it. 3