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Sun, 18 Jun 2023
At our last Toastmasters meeting, I delivered a book report on a recent read that I loved: Like, Literally, Dude: Arguing for the Good in Bad English by Valerie Fridland.
In case you're not familiar with Toastmasters, it's an international club
for learning and practicing public speaking. One of the skills
Toastmasters stresses is avoiding what we call "filler words", particularly
ums and ahs. Every Toastmasters meeting has someone assigned to the role
of "Ah Counter", to pay attention to each speaker's filler words and
report at the end of the meeting on how everyone did. That factors in
to the book review, which went like this:
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