Grammarian · Guest Contributions

A grammarian script based on text messages

TM Priyanka from Mumbai here tells us why it’s not okay to speak like we write our text messages. Her script manages to strike all the right chords. We have all been guilty of sending a poorly drafted message at some point but doing so while we talk is just not acceptable. Read TM Priyanka’s version below.

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Role of Grammarian
Role of Grammarian

Sending a text message in poor grammar has become an accepted behavior. People do it all the time partly to save efforts and partly because the recipient has the luxury to read it twice, thrice or even come back to it later to decipher it. Not so in spoken language. If we spoke like we wrote our text messages, people would neither understand nor have any opportunity to come back to it later. That is why it is vital we speak in the right grammar. We here in Toastmasters recognize this and therefore have a grammarian in every session to help you. As the Grammarian today, I will appreciate the good usage of language but more importantly bring to light any incorrect usage or pronunciation so that you may take note of them.

As the Grammarian today, it is also my role to enrich your vocabulary by giving you a word of the day. And the word of the day for today is “jocular.”

It’s an adjective and it means fond or characterized by joking.

Examples of sentences using the words are –

TM Dhawan is known for his jocular style. He has us laughing every time he takes the mike.

I have selected the engaging humor path. In some time it will transform me into a jocular self.

I hope everyone uses this word to the maximum in our meeting today. I will be back with my report towards the end of the meeting.

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Thank you so much TM Priyanka for this submission.

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