Sat 8 March 2008, The Daily Telegraph

Bill Deedes and that distinctive lisp

Where did Bill Deedes's famous Churchillian lisp come from? His distinctive shushing of the letter "s" was a matter that had long fascinated his colleagues. His frequent broadcast performances allowed a rolling assessment of the development of the impediment - if that is what it was - that had been captured in the Private Eye joke when he was the Telegraph's Editor: "Shome mishtake, shurely?"
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