If your club members doubt the importance of the role of a grammarian, here is a great speech to prove them wrong. And what better than using the sport of cricket to do this. Take a look.
Some of the most viewed matches in the sport of cricket are the India Vs. Pakistan matches. Players on both sides are under intense pressure not to commit any stupid mistakes while on field or else face the wrath of their fans.
However, off the field, players in the Pakistan team are under a different type of pressure too. Making a mockery of themselves while accepting their awards. For years, the award acceptance speeches of the Pakistani players have been a great source of fun and consolation for the people in India. Such a loss – a great performance shadowed by poor language.
This is what poor grammar can do – transform your victory into an embarrassment. You may have performed exceptionally in your field but when invited on the stage to receive that award, your words can throw all your hard work into the drain.
That’s why we have a grammarian in Toastmasters. As a Grammarian, my role is to note all the good usage of English, phrases, idioms and the not so good usage as well.
I am also supposed to give you the word of the day and the word of the day is Penchant.
It’s a noun and it means a strong or habitual liking for something.
Examples are –
All Toastmasters have a penchant for noticing filler words in other people’s speeches.
Banks don’t finance my penchant for the finer things in life.
I hope you will use this word to the fullest in your speeches today and in days to come.
Over to you the General Evaluator.
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