Friday, April 22, 2011

Peter Will Keep At The Peak

Diane Rehm had a nice show this week focused on Spasmodic Dysphonia - the throat & vocal chord disorder that she suffers from.  (link here).  The medical specialist she had on the show spoke eloquently about the disorder, and the phrase "Peter will keep at the peak" stood out in my mind.  A fast google search brings up a host of Spasmodic Dysphonia website information - Fauquier ENT is one (found here).  I wonder if alot of Fauquiers work there, or if there's just one or two Fauquiers? =)

Other key language phrases vocal diagnosticians use are here:

Difficult Phrases for ADductor Spasmodic Dysphonia
Difficult Phrases for ABductor Spasmodic Dysphonia
Counting from 80 to 89
Counting from 60 to 69
"We mow our lawn all year."
"Peter will keep at the peak."
"We eat eels every day."
"The puppy bit the tape."
"A dog dug a new bone."
"When he comes home, we'll feed him."
"Where were you one year ago?"
"Tap the tip of the cap, please."
"We rode along Rhode Island Avenue."
"Keep Tom at the party."
"Eeee eee eee."
"See see see." 

Reminds me of a engineer I used to work with in the past whose  name was Serge Fauqueaux - pronounced (urban dictionary link here - not work friendly).  When we wanted to get rid of a guy with a dumb question, we'd tell them to "go talk to Serge".

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