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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.