Language of music.The study by Hyde and Peretz about people inept at all things musical ("Brain roots of music depreciation," SN: 5/8/04, p. 302) made me think of my spouse of 20 years. In addition to a lifetime of utter To publish or offer; to send into circulation.
The term utter is frequently used in reference to Commercial Paper. To utter and publish an instrument is to declare, either directly or indirectly through words or action, that it is good. tone deafness, he also nearly didn't receive his graduate degree because he couldn't pass a required language course. He was examined by a university psychologist psy·chol·o·gist
A person trained and educated to perform psychological research, testing, and therapy.
psychologist , who attributed his inability to learn a foreign language to a brain deficit and was eventually allowed to substitute a computer language for the foreign language. Logic, rather than nuances of sound, is involved in computer languages. The researchers' new results indicate that an inability to discern dis·cern
v. dis·cerned, dis·cern·ing, dis·cerns
1. To perceive with the eyes or intellect; detect.
2. To recognize or comprehend mentally.
3. pitch, not timing, seems to afflict af·flict
tr.v. af·flict·ed, af·flict·ing, af·flicts
To inflict grievous physical or mental suffering on.
[Middle English afflighten, from afflight, the amusical. Spoken languages are also about nuances in pitch. I can't help wondering whether the subjects of this study, like my spouse, had difficulty learning foreign languages. C.E. BOLLINGER, PITTSBORO, N.C.