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And My N-N-N-Name Is… Peter Joynt stutters — and people reply in kind — or in jest

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Peter Joynt will talk about his stutter, being teased, and his success as an artist as part of the #NoMoreBullies Tour, which begins in schools next week.

MC Peter Joynt — you likely know him from his love-letter rap to Ottawa — has a stutter and says he was teased about it as a kid, but not in a really bad way. “I was a pretty big kid, so it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. Only the brave would really bully me when I was younger,” the 34-year-old recalls.

Now that he’s all grown up, he still gets teased about his stutter — in ways that are perhaps not openly menacing, but come off as obtuse all the same.

“Whenever I meet someone for the first time, I’m bound to stutter on my name,” he says. “You can imagine being at a party where you have to introduce yourself. I go ahead and stutter over my name. The most common response I receive is, ‘Are you sure?’ A lot of times, people will also repeat their name back and stutter through it.”

Really? Seriously? Yes. Yes, they do.

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