Word of the Week Wednesday: peroration


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: peroration.

Peroration is either a long, lofty speech, maybe even pompous.  It can also refer to the end of a speech where the speaker restates the points of the speech, often driving home the main points with vehemence.

This word appeals to me as a Toastmaster in both senses.  I strive to give powerful (hopefully not pompous) speeches and try to close my speeches by reminding the audience of the main points and reinforcing them.

The word comes from the Latin with the per prefix meaning thoroughly which fits because to speak forcefully is to speak thoroughly and the ending of a speech is when you are thoroughly done.

 

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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