If you want to show your audience the importance of Grammar, ask them to read source code for this page. You will find lots of common English words but unless you are a coder, the message will be lost on you. Communicating in any language with broken grammar is a lot like that.
Here is an introduction speech for a Grammarian’s role based on this insight – a speech in broken English is like a code. Have a read.
Have you ever tried reading a computer code? You will find lot of words that you already know like “Document type” “default date” “operation start” etc. However, unless you know coding, you will not be able to make any sense of it even though to the coder it is a perfectly understood message.
Well guess what, speaking with broken grammar is a lot like that. Your audience will hear words they know but may not be able to make sense of your message even though to you, the speaker, it is crystal clear.
That is why every Toastmasters meeting has a Grammarian. As a Grammarian today, I will keep a track of all the good usage of English, good phrases, words, idioms etc. and more importantly the not so good usage of English and incorrect pronunciations we well.
I am also supposed to give you the word of the day and the word of the day is GULLIBLE. It’s an adjective and it means – easily persuaded to believe something. Examples using the word may be
1) I was quite a gullible kid and believed my father when he said chocolate milk comes from chocolate colored cows.
2) An April fool’s day is a gullible person’s nightmare.
I hope all of you use this word to the maximum. I will keep a score and present my report at the end of the meeting.