Are these words interchangeable or do they mean different things?
I saw an old comment on a NYTimes article online:
Another mentioning of the differenceI was an absolutely chronic stammerer. This should not be confused with stutering. Does the psychiatrist group both of these ailments together? Maybe they should be. Are they related? I don’t know. With stammering the speaker gets “stuck” with a sound, usually a consonant. He will try in vain to get out the word but all he is faced with is silence. His face contorts as he tries and tries to say the word. The more self conscious he gets the worse it is. Stuttering is when the consonant or other sound is repeated over and over until the word come out. Like, c,c,c,c,c,c an you c, c,c,c, c,c , come over to play?
A stammer will be, the k (long pause while trying to get out the sound) ichen is right through that door.
I always thought they meant the same thing, except for stammer being the English (U.K) term and the other more common in North America. Also thought stammer was more formal to use.Stutter, in the US, can sometimes be a medical or psychological condition you are born with and be chronic, whereas stammer happens when you are upset or surprised.
I could never say stutter; too many t's in there for me. Stammer is much easier. So would using stammer be correct in everyday cases? I don't want to give something the wrong impression about my speech impediment if these words have different meanings.