Grammarian

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:

  • ALLITERATION
    Repetition of initial letters e.g. dealing destructions devastating doom.
  • EUPHEMISM
    Using a gentle expression instead of a harsher one e.g. income shift for tax or gender realignment for sex change.
  • GOBBLEDEGOOK
    e.g. ‘optimum group dynamics’.
  • HYPERBOLE
    Exaggeration for effect e.g. That music is so loud it can be heard across the sea.
  • INNUENDO.
    Where something is hinted at and not directly stated.
  • IRONY
    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!’.
  • MALAPROPISM
    An amusing inaccuracy in word usage e.g. hydrostatics for hysterics.
  • MEIOSIS
    Deliberate understatement for effect.
  • ONOMATOPOEIA
    Words which echo the sound that they suggest e.g cuckoo, murmur, tingle.
  • OXYMORON
    Combining contradictory words e.g. honest lawyer, green science, accurate horoscope.
  • SIMILE
    Comparison using the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ e.g. Her eyes were like emeralds.