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10 Reasons Grammar Nazis Are Truly Amazing Friends

10 Reasons Grammar Nazis Are Truly Amazing Friends

1. They will remind you that the little red line on your phone is actually a misspelled word.

You didn’t know how to spell it, auto correct has no idea what you mean, but your grammar friendly friend will know exactly what that word was you were looking for. They are happy to oblige in giving you the right spelling but usually just continue so you aren’t offended.

2.They will help your texting to be top notch. After conversations with the Grammar Nazi what you’re texting will be understood, finally.

After a while of chatting with them you should be in rare form. Even if you’re doing it especially for them it helps your habits to have good grammar sometimes.

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3. They call us old fashioned but the more correct your grammar is the classier you are. And we all need some class in our lives.

The Grammar Nazi will bring that much needed element of class you were needing. A lady or a gentleman will have the best grammar possible. This means your friend is classy, who doesn’t enjoy living among those wine drinking, book reading, know-it-all treasures?

4. They will teach you more words than anyone, and how to use them.

A good Grammar Nazi corrects more than just what you write. Though they prefer the term “Syntax Wizard” in lieu of Nazi, these friends will teach you what a thesaurus is. They know the different between the words write and right. We all know their corrections are just what they’re good at. So we forgive them.

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5. They will always be there to edit any materials you need reviewed. They know how bad your grammar can get.

If you’re in school your nearest Syntax Wizard will help you with that paper you’re writing. You need a Grammar Nazi friend to review things for you. If you need to send messages or emails to anyone at work please, ask your friendly neighborhood Grammar Nazi.

6. They can not only keep you abreast of words from the urban dictionary, but the words from dead languages!

Who needs google translate when your friend knows the origin of every word you’ve heard of? Text them right now with a word. They will tell you how to use it. If they don’t know they will look it up for you, they take pride in it.

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7. They are needed by writers. No one publishes without an editor.

If you’ve ever published something you know that it has been edited. Someone who’s job it is to be a Grammar Nazi was helping you have better material published. An editor is a friend.

8. They love to vandalize things with you. Mostly those things are signs or posts that require editing.

Did your boss just post a ridiculous memo on the wall at work? Correcting his/her grammar is the funniest passive aggressive way to get a laugh. Who else would do that besides your grammar Nazi friend? The bravest, boldest grammar Nazis have even been known to correct a sign or two. Spray paint washes off right?

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9. They will always show you how to insult someone in the most creative way.

The best service a Grammar Nazi does for a friend is the way they give you the words to stand up for yourself. The pen is mightier than the sword. It can crumble the foundation or raise a city. A good proposal or well worded defense can be a gift your friend will be happy to give. They will always love to use their words first.

10. They’ve created more strange words with you than anyone else. Just use them correctly!

So many words have been created by the wordsmiths that call themselves Grammar Nazis. While mostly strict with syntax they know how to craft a goofy word that will put a smile on your face or give you a laugh.

Featured photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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