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I was wondering for a long while, and I can't seem to find the word.

I'm thinking of the way people, when feeling strong emotion, replace 'r's with 'w's, and generally are clumsy with their pronunciation.

Maybe, as I mentioned above, clumsy with words— but I feel that has another meaning.

I can do well with just explicitly telling them their pronunciation was tumbling all over the place, but I believe in the show don't tell technique and wanna follow it throughout my writing.

Edit: trill?

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  • Replacing "r" with "w" has a specific name, a Rhotacism. Is that what you mean, or are you looking for something more general? Aug 19 '20 at 13:56
  • Rhotacism does sound similar, but I'm not looking for that kind of word. A verb maybe. I apologize if I sound picky by the way.
    – FoolYup
    Aug 19 '20 at 14:02
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This is called slurring your words:

Slurring your words can be commonly caused by exhaustion or alcohol consumption.

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Or as an adjective:

Slurred speech is a symptom characterized by poor pronunciation of words, mumbling, or a change in speed or rhythm during talking. The medical term for slurred speech is dysarthria.

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