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lisp

the mispronunciation of one or more of the sibilant consonant sounds, usually /s/ and /z/.

lisp

(lĭsp) [AS. wlisp, lisping]
A substitution of sounds owing to a defect in speech, as of the “th” sounds of “thin” and “then” for “s” and “z.”

lisp

An anomaly in the production of ‘ssssss’ sounds (sibilants) in speech in which the tip of the tongue is protruded between the teeth instead of being placed high and close to the hard palate behind the upper front teeth. The lisp is largely under voluntary control and can be corrected by speech therapy.
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Synopsized succinctly (and you lispers out there, don't try this at home): Pseudolus, sick of servitude, seeks to secure his freedom by setting up an assignation between his master's son, Hero, and Philia, the courtesan from the brothel next door, before she is sold to a general.
Lispers have one of two distinct speech patterns: they make a ''th'' sound with their tongue between their teeth when trying to make an ''s'' or 'z'' sound.
a city of lost children, of failures: the weakhearted, pigeon-toed, transparent lispers, the recently dead who have no name for it, or do not care to name it.