In eastern Canada warmer we’re slowly moving toward seasonally warm weather.
Combine this with the first holiday weekend of this cross-over season, AKA the Victoria Day weekend (AKA what references to the monarchy are mostly good for these days). One can feel the relaxed call, to a mind-set well-served by some well-spent exposure to words.
One of the ongoing elements of self-improvement in communication is a broader vocabulary. As a supplement to the last post, here are more words from our Toastmasters club library, which have been featured in meetings as ‘word of the day’. The correct answers appear after the list of options:
- ACYROLOGIA: Does this refer to inappropriate or improper language, physical gestures, or diet?
- AEGIS: Does this concern protection or support of legislation, of procedures, or of people or organizations?
- CONTUMACIOUS: Does this adjective describe eating habits, stubborn behaviour, or lack of coordination?
- DOUGHTY: Would someone with this characteristic be more slow, confident, or discouraged?
- ENDEMIC: True or false – this word is used as both an adjective and a noun
- HETERODOX: Is someone with this quality apt to think as a freethinker or as a conformist?
- LOGORRHOEA: Does someone with this tendency talk slowly, with a stutter, or excessively?
- LUCENT: True or false – this relates to more to internal than external appearance
- MELLIFLUOUS: True or false – this word is used as an adverb as well as an adjective
- OBITER DICTUM: Does this noun refer to an expression of personal opinion, or of reference to legal statute?
- PALAVER: In which of these ways does this word not qualify, as adjective, noun, or verb?
- PERIPATETIC: In which of these ways does this word not qualify, as adjective, noun, or verb?
- PROPITIOUS: Is this word likely to be used in circumstances which are based on luck, are favourable, or are tenuous?
- REDOLENT: Does this refer to something in a suggested way, an implied way, or a direct way?
- SUBLIME: Does this condition cause people to feel compelled, satisfied, or inspired?
- SYMBIOSIS: Does this activity relate primarily to chemistry, physics, or biology?
- TRALATITIOUS: Yes or no – this characteristic can apply both to metaphor and to tradition
- VERDANT: True or false – this word is used to describe depictions coloured other than green
- ACYROLOGIA: language
- AEGIS: people or organizations
- CONTUMACIOUS: stubborn behaviour
- DOUGHTY: confident
- ENDEMIC: true
- HETERODOX: freethinker
- LOGORRHOEA: excessively
- LUCENT: false
- MELLIFLUOUS: false
- OBITER DICTUM: personal opinion
- PALAVER: adjective
- PERIPATETIC: verb
- PROPITIOUS: favourable
- REDOLENT: suggested way
- SUBLIME: inspired
- SYMBIOSIS: biology
- TRALATATIOUS: yes
- VERDANT: false
An article in the April issue of Psychology Today focuses on an issue familiar with those of us in Toastmasters, but to some extent with a somewhat different, even favourable, position.
One goal in Toastmasters continuously is to reduce, ideally weed out, filler words and sounds; the point of view expressed in Psychology Today is that the person or circumstances dictate some flexibility in applying such a strategy. (more…)
A column in the current edition of the Insurance Journal brings up the issue of coaching, albeit within the parameters of insurance versus investment advising.
The author is a long-time coach, author, and keynote speaker, outgrowth of a highly successful career as an insurance advisor and executive manager. His view is that coaching advice for insurance agents and insurance-based financial advisors needs to differ from that offered to investment advisors. In practice, many of the former group are exposed to coaching designed for the latter. (more…)
In less than one week another of those often pressure-packed, gift giving days arrives: February 14th, AKA Valentine’s Day.
I can recall as a child in elementary school filling out sweet and simple cards to be given to classmates. Starting even at such a young age, the message sinks in: this is a day to try to treat at least one other person in a special way. Of course, as one gets older, effort and expense become more integral parts of the equation. (more…)
Recently I received negative feedback from a close relative concerning my alleged tendency to use elaborate, perhaps obscure, words where simpler words would do.
I was taken aback: I have long felt the richness of the English language is greatly underutilized. Indeed, many writers, such as detective story master Ellery Queen, have often dropped in uncommon diction. I have deemed this as opportunity to expand my vocabulary. (more…)
A mini presentation that the vast majority of us likely have to make at one time or another is the Toast.
Whether it’s at a family gathering, or at a send-off for a friend or co-worker, this mini-speech is one where we want to make the best impression possible: on the person or group being saluted with the Toast, and on attendees who depend on us to elevate the occasion with our words and gusto. (more…)