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Posted By: Mark Cohen
19-Mar-04 - 11:48 PM
Thread Name: Any glottal stops down your way?
Subject: RE: Any glottal stops down your way?
Uh, sorry, open mike, but the epiglottis is the flaplike structure that swings down to cover the glottis when you swallow. You can't usually see it without a laryngoscope, though I sometimes do in small children who can open their mouths very wide.

You may remember the Gary Larson cartoon, showing somebody looking at a test paper that said "Medical School Final Exam, Extra Credit Question: What do you call that thing that hangs down in the back of your throat?"

The answer is: the uvula. It means "little grape."