Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The power of speech





Ready now? Let's go:


Thanks to the award-winning movie The King's Speech, it is the word to use


Speeeeeeeeeeeeeech!
This word can mean many things to many people:
  • For someone in audience, it is a formal talk that a person gives.
  • For a guest at a wedding, it is a time to say good things about the lovebirds (newlyweds = husband and wife)
  • For someone with a sore throat, it is the ability to speak (the power of speech)
  • For a militant, it is the right to say openly what you think (freedom of speech)
  • For someone who has had too much to drink, it is what becomes incomprehensible (slurred speech)
  • For an actor/actress in a play it is the lines he/sh has to speak (a long speech)


So can we always use speech in these sentences?



Several people made .................... at the wedding.
Professor Harrington is going to give a ................... on the Roman army
She gave an interesting ......................... about her trip to China.
His ........................... are so entertaining we don’t even notice the time go by.
He was asked to give the keynote ............................ at the opening of the conference.



No idea? How about using one of these words:
lecture address talk sermon speech


Go here to the Usage Note page and check your answers.






What is the most difficult thing about a speech?
Have you ever had to give a speech or a talk? How did it go?
How do you feel when you have to speak in front of people?

How do you overcome nervousness when you have to speak?