WORD OF THE DAY:
USAGE BY M EMBERS :
OVERUSED WORDS AND PHRASES : ALTERNATIVES :
COLORFUL WORDS , APPROPRIATE PHRASES , etc.:
When You Are the Grammarian
Like the Ah Counter, the primary purpose of the Grammarian is to teach you to listen! You do not need to be
an expert--what you do need is the heightened awareness of language that comes from critically examining the
use of language throughout a meeting. You have the opportunity to listen for (1) errors or awkwardness and (2)
examples of excellence (e.g., well-stated metaphors, correct use of the Word of the Day, descriptive language).
Try to offer the correct usage in every instance where there was a misuse instead of only explaining what was
wrong. The scope of this job is up to you; you may confine your remarks to the prepared speakers or comment
on everyone's use of language.
You might take the approach that you will watch particularly for over use of specific words. You may watch for
misused words, mispronounced words, any number of other
careless word usages that tend to slip into our daily conversation.
From the Downtowners Toastmasters Handbook.