Monday, March 11, 2013
How to Speak Good
Greetings English speakers! Today we'll talk about getting orientated toward language, so that next chance you get you'll speak real good in public and absolutely wheeze all kinda class and refinement, and have a positive impact (KABOOM!) on your listeners.
It's very important to speak good, when speaking to others. Fluency in speech confers upon the speaker a sense of education, earnestness, sobriety--a sense that this person actually paid attention in English class, and is therefore probably a starchy little weasel-eyed prig.
If you get beat up because of this, speaking clearly on the phone to the ambulance people will increase your chance of getting quick medical care. So. A few points and pointers for effective speaking in public:
When speaking to another person, it's important to use correct word forms--and we're not talking about just in public but anywheres. You should use the proper word forms irregardless of what your friends say. Hopefully, you'll also use correct grammar, not just any old grammar laying around.
In constructing your sentences, try not to be redundant, saying the same thing twice or even three times, thus repeating yourself over and over and over again.
Use words that have some legitimate history of use in the English language, and not words you've completely made up, such as "tribiculate."
(To "tribiculate" is to write on something using three ballpoint pens.)
While we're on the subject, do not use other words you've made up, such as:
- Wieroin. (noun. A kind of weathervane.)
- Nastacular. (adj. Un-amazing, un-excellent. Vehemently ordinary. Used to describe disappointing events, events which did not live up to their advance press, such as national elections.)
- Spondacious. (adj. Delightful, delicious, often used to describe ice cream.)
- Elgoto. (A Peruvian hotel chain.)
Also, don't use words people think you've made up but didn't, such as:
- Conglobatio. (adj. Gathering into a globe or ball.)
- Callipygian. (adj. Having shapely buttocks.)
When delivering a public address, follow this procedure. First, get the attention of your audience somehow, either by clearing your throat, or by holding your breath and making your eyes go white like Li'l Orphan Annie, or by shaking your (callipygian) behind around, or by holding up a large automatic weapon. Then, wait a judicious interval. (A judicious interval is the space between Jewish people.)
Then, speak forcefully, in a resonant (full of resin) voice, building your arguments carefully, pre-empting objections, covering the premises thoroughly, and arriving at your point with that strong, reverberant, elephantine certainty which signals that this speaker, indeed, has taken the audience in his hand, and made them go to sleep.
While they're dozing, take their wallets.
One last point on speaking to others. Remember the old saying: You have two ears and only one mouth. What does that say about the ratio of talking to listening?
Of course. You've got to talk twice as much as anyone wants to hear.