Mike Tyson, Drew Barrymore, and Sean Connery are some celebrities with varying degrees of lisp. Does that stop us from loving them? Hell no! The Lisp voice may be a speech impediment that results in unclear speech and mispronunciation of certain sounds, but it is lovable and can also be used for comedic effect.
The lisp voice will have you saying 'I'm thorry' instead of 'i'm sorry.' It is characterized by the mispronunciation of certain sounds, mostly involving the letters 's', 'z,' 'f,' 't' and 'd,' and is caused by errors in tongue placement or thickness of the tongue. Still think it's okay to laugh at people with a lisp? We think not!
Impersonating characters with the lisp voice is easy, and since there are some celebrities with the voice, it has been used to impersonate them for comedic purposes. The voice has also been used in films to demonstrate the awkwardness that comes with a lisp, or in horror movies to create a scary, often deranged, character.
The lisp voice is fairly comprehensible even though some words are mispronounced. What you may not know is that there are different types of lisp voices, including the frontal lisp, the lateral lisp, the nasal lisp, and the palatal lisp. This voice is hesitant and unsure, mostly because people with a lisp are always ridiculed. The characteristics of a lisp voice are mostly defined by the type of lisp being portrayed because the speech impediments are different. Low self-esteem is a common feature of the voice.