Category Archives: Words’ Worth

Language Resolutions for 2013

It’s a new year, and many of us are promising  ourselves we’ll quit smoking, lose weight, be more organized at work and at home, or attain some other form of perfection. As Toastmasters, we should add one more resolution: In … Continue reading

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Step Up to the Lectern, Please

Hmm, does this sound familiar? It appeared in a recent “You Don’t Say,” the blog of Baltimore Sun copy chief John E. McIntyre: Spot the Error:  From an account of Mitt Romney’s appearance yesterday at the annual convention of the … Continue reading

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Fun with Puns

Found on the Internet – source unknown ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald’s AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with CONTROL: A short, … Continue reading

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What’s the Word?

Is Table Topics an opportunity for spontaneous speaking? No, as we were reminded April 21 by Charles Bloch, ACB. Table Topics is an exercise in extemporaneous speaking. The difference? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary: extemporaneous: “impromptu . . . carefully … Continue reading

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Language Odds and Ends

by John Simon, CC, CL According to sources on the Internet: No word in the English language rhymes with month. “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.” The word “set” has more definitions than any … Continue reading

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Toss That Ballast

We all know the filler words: “so,” “and,” “but,” “now” and their ilk.  Other expressions might be called “ballast words,” for they can sink our speech with unnecessary weight. Dump this dead weight immediately: “I would like to (say, thank, … Continue reading

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