The Emperor cleared his throat to speak, but the child spoke first — a thin voice with traces of a soft-palate lisp, but clear nonetheless.
Or they’d catch themselves listening to her half-lisping voice, still blurred as it was by an unformed soft palate, and discover in her words sly remarks that could only be based on experiences no two-year-old had ever encountered.
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They told Mom and Dad I had a cleft palate and some other stuff going on.
R.J. Palacio -- Wonder
I had a surgery to fix my cleft palate when I was a baby, and then a second cleft surgery when I was four, but I still have a hole in the roof of my mouth.