This page outlines the duties of the Grammarian.
Summary of the Grammarian role:
- Chooses a word or phrase for members to incorporate into speeches.
- Comments on speakers’ use of grammar and good wood usage.
- Reports on over-use of filler words like ‘um’, ‘ah’ and ‘so’.
Before the meeting
- Choose a word or phrase for members to use in the meeting.
- The chosen word or phrase should stretch members vocabulary.
During the meeting
- Explain the Grammarian’s role.
- Introduce the word or phrase and outline what you will be listening for.
- Write the word or phrase on the whiteboard.
- Make notes on what you hear. Your write-up should include:
- notes on how members used the word or phrase.
- any interesting figures of speech, pronunciations and word usage.
At the end of the meeting
- Summarise your notes in the commendation/recommendation/commendation format.
- Give a brief speech on your observations.
Figures of speech
The following are figures of speech to look for:
Repetition of initial letters e.g. dealing destructions devastating doom.
Using a gentle expression instead of a harsher one e.g. income shift for tax or gender realignment for sex change.
e.g. ‘optimum group dynamics’.
Exaggeration for effect e.g. That music is so loud it can be heard across the sea.
Where something is hinted at and not directly stated.
Where one thing is said but the opposite is intended e.g. Your friend turns up in ripped jeans. With a smirk, you say, ‘I see you have put on your best clothes!’.
An amusing inaccuracy in word usage e.g. hydrostatics for hysterics.
Deliberate understatement for effect.
Words which echo the sound that they suggest e.g cuckoo, murmur, tingle.
Combining contradictory words e.g. honest lawyer, green science, accurate horoscope.
Comparison using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ e.g. Her eyes were like emeralds.