What Google says about Spain and Spaniards
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WHY DO SPANIARDS...TALK WITH A LISP? Foreigners familiar with different types of spoken Spanish often wonder why many people in mainland Spain have the 'ceceo'. The old urban legend of King Ferdinand of Spain obliging his subject to imitate his lisp still prevails online. The truth is there are variations across Spain, with the more Castilian regions distinguishing between the c/z sound and the s, and southern Spaniards in cities like Jérez actually using a lispy ‘z’ even when it's an s.
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