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Grammarian Meeting Role

GRAMMARIAN DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Being grammarian is truly an exercise in expanding your listening skills. You have two basic responsibilities: First, to introduce new words to members, and second, to comment on the use of English during the course of the meeting.

PRIOR TO THE MEETING

Select a "Word of the Day" if one has not been selected for you at least 2 days before the meeting. You can find words to use here: word of the day archive. It should be a word that will help members increase their vocabulary and a word that can be incorporated easily into everyday conversation but is different from the way people usually express themselves. An adjective or adverb is suggested since they are more adaptable than a noun or verb, but feel free to select your own special word.
In letters large enough to be seen from the back of the room, print your word, its part of speech (adjective, adverb, noun, etc.), and a brief definition. Prepare a sentence showing how the word is used.

An example word of the day:

Synergy \ˈsi-nər-jē\
noun

1: combined action or operation
2: a mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements

"A synergy has developed among the different groups working on this project."

 

Prepare a brief explanation of the duties of the grammarian for the benefit of the guests. Here is an example:

The main purpose of the Grammarian role is to encourage and commend good use of language by speakers and other meeting participants. During the meeting I will record any notable uses of language by speakers during the meeting and will also look for use of the word of the day (say word of the day) and reward you when I hear it (mash the easy button). At the end of the meeting I will give a report when called upon to do so.

 

UPON ARRIVAL AT THE MEETING

Get a blank piece of paper and pen ready on which to make notes, or get a copy of the grammarian's log from the Sergeant at Arms.

DURING THE MEETING

Easy Button.JPGWhen introduced announce the "Word of the Day" state its part of speech, define it, use it in a sentence, and ask that anyone speaking during any part of the meeting use it.

  • Briefly explain the role of the grammarian.
  • Throughout the meeting, listen to everyone's word usage.
  • Write down any awkward use or misuse of the language (incomplete sentences, sentences that change direction in midstream, incorrect grammar, malapropisms, etc.) with a note of who erred. Write down who used the "Word of the Day" (or a derivative of it) and note those who used it correctly or incorrectly.

    Another example when called to introduce role:
    As Grammarian today I will be looking for both good and bad uses of the English language.  At the end of the meeting I will give a report when called upon to do so.
    I will also be looking for the word of the day which is Tenacity.  (read agenda) I will reward those of you that are tenacious (smash button) in using the word of the day Tenacity (smash button) by smashing this button Tenaciously (smash button).  Back to you Mr Toastmaster.

When called on by the general evaluator during the evaluation segment, stand by your chair and give your report. Try to offer the correct usage in every instance where there was misuse instead of only explaining what was wrong. Report on creative language usage and announce who used the "Word of the Day" (or a derivative of it) correctly or incorrectly.

AFTER THE MEETING

In some clubs the grammarian is called to give a completed report to the Treasurer for collection of fines. Our club does not currently collect fines.