For added effect, re-read while playing the Jaws soundtrack until the 9th panel. Then, after the 9th panel, play the soundtrack in reverse. Maybe a choir of angels for the last panel. Your call.
In a word's transition from verb to noun, there are often casualties.
I'll bet he let it slide and pretended his name was "Speaking." That's what I would've done. #awkward
But caffeine isn't the only culprit.