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- prone to sputter
- 1927-1937, Ward Moore, Greener Than You Think:
- It is but a gesture; I expect no coherent words from your clogged and sputtery pen; but while I am sufficiently like yourself to deceive the public into thinking you have written what they read, I am not yet great enough scoundrel to do so without your visiting the scene of your presumed labors.
- 2004 October 15, Mark Athitakis, Monica Kendrick, Peter Margasak, Bob Mehr, “The Treatment”, in Chicago Reader:
- On _____ Is an Apparition (Rossbin), the new album by his trio Blue Collar, he uses puckered curlicues, vocalizations distorted by the horn's tubing, sputtery stammers, quiet half-valved passages that turn his sound into a fluid whisper, and even some clear, straightforward long tones.