Grammarian · Guest Contributions

A Grammarian script with a quote and log sheet

TM Neha from Delhi has drafted this humorous script for the role of Grammarian with a quote. Also attached is a form or log sheet to make your notes as a Grammarian. ( Please note, this is a sample log sheet. Your club may be following a different format and you may choose to follow that)

The American poet Edgar Allan Poe had a humorous take on grammar. He said “A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity”

Dear Toastmasters, Caesar divorced his wife merely on suspicion of impurity. While that may be extreme, but in public speaking, impure grammar may lead to a divorce of your speech and the intended message. And any speaker’s utmost endeavor is to ensure that the right message is received by the audience.

That is why every Toastmasters session has a Grammarian. As a Grammarian, my role is to look for all the good usage of English, good phrases, words, idioms etc. and also the not so good usage and incorrect pronunciation.

I am also supposed to give you the word of the day. It’s “effusive”

It means “showing or expressing gratitude, pleasure or approval in an unrestrained and heartfelt manner”

Example of sentence using the word can be 

They offered effusive thanks for our help

On her wedding day, Janet was so effusive she could not stop crying.

I hope you use this word to the maximum. I will come back with my report towards the end of the meeting.

You can use the following form to note your observations.

Thank you TM Neha for this wonderful submission.

If you have a script for any role in Toastmasters, you can let us know here. For more ideas on script for role of a Grammarian look here.

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