Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vocabulary Expansion Words: New Edition of “Words of the Month”

Have you checked out the latest edition (November/December 2017) of Words of the Month,” my free vocabulary enrichment feature? Here are the six featured words, all of which lie within the conversational vocabulary of America’s most articulate (as is the case with all of the words featured in my book, TheArticulate Professional-3rd Edition”):

1. bravura
2. vitiate
3. impetuous
4. tawdry
5. voluble
6. atavistic

Sunday, December 3, 2017

“Running Into the Spears of Opposing Opinion Absolutely Willingly”; A Political Campaign That Is “Kind of Hamlet Without the Prince!” —Use of Visual, Evocative Expression to Emphasize One’s Point

Here are some recent examples of highly effective communicators using a vivid, evocative expression while emphasizing something and thus making their assertion indelible--examples which, I hope, will inspire the rest of us into similarly imaginative analogies, especially when we are trying to break through the clutter.

  • (From the Oct. 29 edition of “Face the Nation”) While commenting on the Republican tax plan which, at the time, was still being formulated, panelist Ben Domenech of “The Federalist,” a conservative publication, saying: “Republicans are always more comfortable talking about taxes than almost any other subject. This is the one area where they’ll run into the spears of opposing opinion absolutely willingly because they think it’s their issue—they think they own it.”
  • This is with reference to last month’s gubernatorial election in Virginia. Recall that the losing candidate, Republican Ed Gillespie, ran on Donald Trump’s agenda (i.e., tough on illegal immigration, tough on crime...) but did not mention Trump’s name even once during his entire campaign. So, on the eve of that election, BBC’s Laura Trevelyan said to a guest: “The Gillespie campaign has been Trumpism without Trump. It’s kind of Hamlet without the Prince. How difficult a balancing act is that?”
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