We strangulate two-thirds of our vowels and swallow half the other third.
strangulate stran·gu·late (strāng'gyə-lāt')
v. stran·gu·lat·ed, stran·gu·lat·ing, stran·gu·lates
To compress, constrict, or obstruct a body part so as to cut off the flow of blood or other fluid.
To be or become strangled, compressed, constricted, or obstructed.