When we stumble, misspeak, or fill our speech with um, er, and uh sounds, we are speaking with disfluencies. Michael Erard wrote a book on the subject called Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean. Learn about what disfluencies are, their cultural perception, and why they may not be such a bad thing from Michael and Katie Gore of Speech IRL.
Music in the episode was contributed by Podington Bear.
The Toastmasters video we mention in the episode can be seen here.
Here’s George’s ‘UMM’ piece we feature in the episode: