Today's rant is about "the lisp" in Milka's chocolate Santa commercial. Not only is the commercial itself incredibly tacky it also features a kid with a lisp. Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a thing for semantics, phonetics and pronounciation.
Where I come from kids were sent to see a speech therapist until their lisp was barely audible anymore or completely gone. Nowadays I come across so many kids that have a lisp and when you speak to their parents they just wave it off and say that it will straighten itself out.
Ahem, no it won't.
That lisp is going to stay and as they get older it will just make them sound a little less credible. I have friends who have the cutest lisp when they had a few drinks and their speech is slurred and funnily enough the lisp did even make it on tv years ago. One of the major German tv channels features a female news anchor with a heavy lisp and somehow I just can't take her seriously. Though I love watching when she's on just to hear her say words that contain plenty of the letter "s"...as in Schadenfreude :o)
That is her. You can probably make out the lisp even if you don't speak German.
Here's a clip of a parody....not far from the original :)