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Student obsessed w/Korean culture has tongue surgically lengthened on NHS 2 help her speak language
The Daily Mail (U.K.) / Various ^ | August 12, 2011 | Staff

Posted on 08/12/2011 2:07:51 AM PDT by Stoat

Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones dreams of living and working in South Korea once she finishes university, even though she has never visited the country.

But while taking language lessons, the 19-year-old found that she couldn't pronounce certain crucial sounds in the Korean alphabet.

Her dentist suggested it may be because she was born with a slightly shorter than average tongue, caused by having an unusually thick lingual frenulum - the flap of skin that joins the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth.

Language barrier: Rhiannon had her tongue lengthened by one centimetre to help her pronounce Korean words

Language barrier: Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones, from Nottingham, had her tongue lengthened by 1cm to help her pronounce Korean words

After discussing the matter with her parents and language tutor, Rhiannon decided to undergo an operation to correct the condition, despite the fact it has never caused her any problems in speaking English.

She underwent a lingual frenectomy, which involves making an incision in the flap of skin. As a result, Rhiannon's tongue is now about 1cm longer, and she can say words that were impossible before.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Education; Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: britain; england; greatbritain; korea; korean; language; napl; nationalhealth; nhs; obamacare; socializedmedicine; tongue; typso; uk; unitedkingdom; zerocare
Mother tongue: Rhiannon became obsessed with Korean culture at school

Mother tongue: Rhiannon became obsessed with Korean culture at school


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8695371/British-student-has-tongue-lengthened-to-speak-Korean.html

 

Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones who is so obsessed with Korean culture that she has had her tonge surgically lengthened to help her speak the language: British student has tongue lengthened to speak Korean
Student Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones who is so obsessed with Korean culture that she has had her tonge surgically lengthened to help her speak the language Photo: PAUL TONGE

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3747478/Student-has-tongue-job-to-speak-Korean.html

 

Not tongue tied ... Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones
Not tongue tied ... Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones
Paul Tonge / RPP

1 posted on 08/12/2011 2:07:58 AM PDT by Stoat
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To: Slings and Arrows; Tax-chick
"If the Korean language studies don't work out she can always play in a rock band ping"

 

http://www.halloffamememorabilia.com/images/products/p-84919-gene-simmons-kiss-tongue-out-8x10-photo-cotg-8mus-gsimm01.jpg

2 posted on 08/12/2011 2:08:45 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

IIRC, there was a story a couple years back about Koreans who had their tongues surgically altered so they could speaking English more fluently.

It’s a strange world...


3 posted on 08/12/2011 2:15:43 AM PDT by DemforBush (Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!)
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To: DemforBush

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-108751/Childrens-surgery-speak-better-English.html


4 posted on 08/12/2011 2:21:58 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Stoat

"just boosted her facebook followers a few thousand, especially from the flannel shirt mob"

5 posted on 08/12/2011 2:54:20 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Stoat

I’m in love~~~~~!


6 posted on 08/12/2011 3:01:47 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Doogle
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7 posted on 08/12/2011 3:08:35 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: Stoat

Well, she has that problem licked.


8 posted on 08/12/2011 3:09:05 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido

“Sometimes, a tongue is just a tongue” ~ Martha Freud, Sigmund’s wife


9 posted on 08/12/2011 3:14:28 AM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Looks like her tongue wasn’t the only thing she had enlarged.


10 posted on 08/12/2011 3:23:28 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Stoat

I remember a story about an asian guy who was an inch too short to make it as a cop so when he moved to another location he tried again and made it but not before he gave himself a lump on the top of his head.

And then there is this dork...Oh look, she’s wearing those eyeglasses designed to make the wearer look intelligent!


11 posted on 08/12/2011 3:37:05 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: TigerLikesRooster; Charles Henrickson

:p


12 posted on 08/12/2011 4:20:31 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Stoat

In the 3rd (bottom) picture, she looks like Angelina Jolie! LOL


13 posted on 08/12/2011 4:32:22 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: equaviator

14 posted on 08/12/2011 4:34:17 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: Stoat

Oh, that’s gross.


15 posted on 08/12/2011 6:09:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Do you know why I love reptiles? It's because they don't play guitars.)
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To: Stoat; mikrofon; martin_fierro
Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones, from Nottingham, had her tongue lengthened by 1cm. . . .

I would say she added an Inchon.

16 posted on 08/12/2011 6:29:48 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tongue tied.)
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To: Stoat; mikrofon; martin_fierro
she has had her tonge surgically lengthened to help her speak the language Photo: PAUL TONGE

Of course.

17 posted on 08/12/2011 6:33:26 AM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Tongue tied.)
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To: Stoat

You mean surgery can make your tongue longer?

Sigh, please - no one tell my girlfriend.


18 posted on 08/12/2011 7:13:27 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Charles Henrickson; Stoat; martin_fierro

Ah, but kimchi really speak the language any better?


19 posted on 08/12/2011 7:26:07 AM PDT by mikrofon (Especially with her tongue perpetually stuck out of her mouth...)
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To: Stoat

And here all I needed to speak better Korean was a few beers. It was surprising how much that helped. Too bad I couldn’t do it on the job, too.


20 posted on 08/12/2011 7:37:57 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Stoat

I’ve known several people in my life who’ve had their “Frens” snipped. Some people are thought to be “tongue tied” due to the “Frens” being extended to far towards the tip of the tongue. (Frens lingua)

Now, why or how would those conversations ever come up? LOL When I was a kid, my Brother talked me into putting my tongue on a frozen metal flag pole. Then, after I had been crying for a minute or so, he “helped” me pull it free. (bastage!) My “Fren” got stuck between my lower teeth and ripped. Now my tongue appears to be much longer and, I often (even at my old age) accidentally bite it. Oh, could I tell you some stories-like the time I bit it at a Taco Bell and they called 911. lol


21 posted on 08/12/2011 8:48:57 AM PDT by papasmurf (War is hell, but not the worst hell. Having a PRES__ENT comes close!)
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To: Stoat

Wouldn’t it have been cheaper to just knock her teeth back?


22 posted on 08/12/2011 9:59:25 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Stoat; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
< marty_feldman>
She's going to be very popular.
< marty_feldman>

Seriesly, the procedure described sounds extremely minor. The Daily Mail must be tired of covering the riots.


23 posted on 08/12/2011 11:01:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

With frens like this...


24 posted on 08/12/2011 11:11:24 AM PDT by null and void (Day 932. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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To: camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; agrarianlady; ...
Red Dwarf ping!

Tongue Tied

25 posted on 08/12/2011 11:15:42 AM PDT by null and void (Day 932. The mob is decisive when the law is not.)
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Donate Just One
Each Month if You Will

26 posted on 08/12/2011 11:34:18 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
& lt; = < (delete space)
& gt; = >

So you can

<marty_feldman>
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27 posted on 08/12/2011 12:30:04 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: papasmurf
Oh, could I tell you some stories-like the time I bit it at a Taco Bell and they called 911. lol

Reminds me of a stand up routine by comedian Bobby Collins;

"So I'm on an airline flight from New York to LA. I was given a bag of peanuts by the stewardess. I was very hungry so I devoured them. In my haste, I bit my tongue....really bad. The pain was so excruciating that I rose from my seat and start 'dancing' in the aisle.

Another stewardess approached me and asked, "Is something wrong sir?"
I had tears in my eyes when I replied as best I could, "Ah bibbed by tunnnn!"

She looked at me for a moment and then said, "I didn't get that."
I tried again, "I...bibbed...by...tunn!"
"Ohhhhh.." she said and turned to the rest of the passengers and said, "Does anyone speak Spanish?"

An older gentleman raised his hand, stood and approached the stewardess.
"Eez dere a problemo, miss?" he said.
She said, "Yes, this man is trying to tell me something and I can't understand him."
The man turns to me and says, in Spanish "What is the problem?"
Still with tears rolling down my cheeks, I try again, "I bibbed by tunn!!"

The Spanish gentleman turns to the stewardess in frustration and says, "I cannot help you. Deez man is speaking French!"

28 posted on 08/12/2011 12:59:04 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (Be prepared. It's a hard rain that's gonna fall.)
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To: TheOldLady
<oh_really?>
29 posted on 08/12/2011 1:02:35 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Oh, you just didn't feel like the extra keystrokes, huh... Sorry. I thought you already knew that.
30 posted on 08/12/2011 1:22:25 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Did you notice that for a few weeks up until about a month ago, you could just type the < and > without using the code or inserting spaces? But they "fixed" that, and now if you do,                    !

Unfortunately.
31 posted on 08/12/2011 1:29:40 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Stoat

What’s more rock ‘n’ roll than a guy who can preen his eyebrows with his tongue?


32 posted on 08/12/2011 1:31:50 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Charles Henrickson
"I would say she added an Inchon. "

(groan)

33 posted on 08/12/2011 1:36:46 PM PDT by RabidBartender
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To: TheOldLady

About 50/50 each way. Seriously, thanks for the tip.


34 posted on 08/12/2011 1:45:24 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheOldLady

Autodetect is so sensitive that sometimes it detects HTML you haven’t even written.


35 posted on 08/12/2011 1:47:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

My pleasure, sweetie.


36 posted on 08/12/2011 1:48:01 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

It’s so sensitive that sometimes it gets confused.


37 posted on 08/12/2011 1:48:47 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Stoat

I’d hit that.


38 posted on 08/12/2011 1:49:54 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Why did you post this, and why did you post it on Free Republic?)
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To: null and void

UNNNGH!


39 posted on 08/12/2011 1:50:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: TheOldLady

Must be a liberal.


40 posted on 08/12/2011 1:51:41 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Stoat

Chick be crazy.


41 posted on 08/12/2011 1:59:53 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Obviously, LOL!


42 posted on 08/12/2011 2:23:15 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Cowboy Bob

Post #2 looks more like Angelina Jolie than this plain girl.


43 posted on 08/12/2011 3:07:55 PM PDT by Eaker ("If someone misquotes you, it's because they know you're right.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

LOL.


44 posted on 08/12/2011 3:34:25 PM PDT by papasmurf (War is hell, but not the worst hell. Having a PRES__ENT comes close!)
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To: Cowboy Bob; Eaker; Lazamataz
In the 3rd (bottom) picture, she looks like Angelina Jolie! LOL

 

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After considerable study and research, I'm sorry I'm just not seeing the similarity that you see, Cowboy Bob.

 

Not tongue tied ... Rhiannon Brooksbank-Jones

45 posted on 08/12/2011 8:56:18 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Wow, that last picture sure is a letdown!


46 posted on 08/12/2011 9:37:30 PM PDT by Eaker ("If someone misquotes you, it's because they know you're right.")
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To: Eaker

Agreed, but in fairness (and kindness) it would certainly be interesting to see what the results would be after professional stylists, makeup people, movie lighting people and such spend some time with her to give her a ‘glam’ look. All too often I’ve seen photo slideshows at Fox News of “stars without makeup” and some stars that are spectacularly, jaw-droppingly beautiful on screen or at professional photo shoots don’t look much better than Miss Brooksbank-Jones when they don’t have the “Hollywood machine” working for them. There’s definitely a ‘magic’ to Hollywood’s image management abilities and I’d hate to be disrespectful to Miss Brooksbank-Jones without her having an opportunity to be on the same playing field ;-)


47 posted on 08/12/2011 10:19:55 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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To: Stoat

Granted if she would keep her tongue in her mouth, quit cutting her own hair and get a professional makeup job she would be presentable.

However nothing is going to make her look like Angelina Jolie, nothing.


48 posted on 08/12/2011 10:51:02 PM PDT by Eaker ("If someone misquotes you, it's because they know you're right.")
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To: Eaker
Agreed, there's a limit to everything ;-)

http://www.foxnews.com/slideshow/entertainment/2010/05/06/stars-makeup/#slide=1

49 posted on 08/12/2011 10:59:52 PM PDT by Stoat (If you want a vision of the future, imagine a Birkenstock stamping on a human face... forever)
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