What's In A Name? For Some, It's Hard To Say

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Listener Daron Bolat of Rockville, Md., says the sound that fills his life with dread is his own voice saying his name. A stutter makes his own name difficult for him to pronounce. But he's working on it.


Don't let today's sound clip make you uncomfortable. This is our series presenting sounds suggested by listeners, sounds that are part of their lives, sounds they live with, sounds they love or sounds they hate. Well, today's sound clip comes from Rockville, Maryland and Daron Bolat. His submission is the way he says his own name.

Mr. DARON BOLAT: I am the youth director at my church. For me, like most people who stutter, saying our name is the sound that gives us the most trouble. Daron Bolat.

Like, I remember a couple weeks ago, at a dinner party, someone there I didn't know asked me my name, and I stuttered saying my name. Daron Bolat. Then the person, she thought I was joking or something, so she laughed, thinking I was making a joke.

After I told her I stutter, I'm sure she felt horrible. But I've been in speech therapy for several years. So I definitely think I've made a lot of progress as far as my speech, and I think I'm a very effective communicator, but saying my name is something that I always have trouble with.

When you build a fear of certain sounds, you tend to stutter on them more. Daron Bolat. D-A-R-O-N B-O-L-A-T. Daron Bolat, Daron Bolat.

SIEGEL: A sound clip from Rockville, Maryland. As part of his work, Mr. Bolat does public speaking. He says he's very comfortable in conversation. The only that irks him, he says, is when people try to supply the word that he's about to say.

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