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Dear Annie: My husband and I recently visited the beach house of some friends. While there, I met an interesting lady who stuttered. At first I thought she had had too much to drink, but after 15 minutes I realized she had a speech impediment. I've never met an adult who stutters. At times it was very uncomfortable because I knew the word she was trying to say but could not get out. 

Would it have been rude to complete the word for her, or should I have let her work through it? I felt very awkward.

-Uncomfortable in Florida 

Dear Florida: It is best to allow a stutterer to complete the word on her own, no matter how long it takes. If you expect to see this woman again, or if any of our readers would like more information, we recommend the Stuttering Foundation (stutteringhelp.org) at 1-800-992-9392.