If you can read the second statement, then you will very likely infer the sense of the first, and from body-language, the remainder of a movement’s meaning may be extrapolated. And what is more, confidence may be instilled in the lip reader when it is acknowledged that a fraction of the roughly 170,000 common words in the English language are employed in any given interaction. The lip reader sees and mourns how rarely the spoken word is commanded to useful effect; it is the comedy from which the fully hearing are barred.

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