Grammarian Script

Before the meeting: Select a word of the day and email it to the Toastmaster. Provide the word, definition, and an example of the word used in a sentence. The word should relate to the theme so check with the Toastmaster the week before the meeting to get the theme. It should be a word that most people don’t use every day but should not be so unusual that it is difficult to use in a table topics response. Think of it as an opportunity to help members increase their vocabulary

Explain the role to the audience:

One of our goals in Toastmasters is learning to communicate our ideas clearly and effectively and using grammar correctly can help us achieve that goal.

The Grammarian’s role is to provide feedback on our use of language, so we can improve upon our skills.

As Grammarian I will take note of any grammatical errors and also any creative uses of language. At the end of the meeting I will give a report on what I heard.

It is also the Grammarian’s job to introduce the word of the day and to keep track of when it is used. The word of the day is ___________.

_______________ is an (adjective /noun /verb) and the definition is:

And used in a sentence:

During table topics remember to use the word of the day in your response in order to qualify for a vote for a ribbon.

(During table topics write down each speakers name and note whether they used the word of the day or not.)

(Throughout the meeting make note of any interesting words or phrases and who said it, note any grammatical errors along with an example of the correct usage, and for any unusual words you can note them and share the definition)


At the end of the meeting when you are called on – read your report

Examples of some things you can listen for are below.

Listen and note grammatical errors or interesting words and phrases or uses of grammar:

Double comparisons – more smarter

Verb tense error – I go to the store and I buy milk.

Subject/verb agreement – Matt like fish. Matt is singular; like is plural.

Double negatives – I don’t want no pudding.


I vs. me –

Who / whom whom always follows a preposition (e.g., with whom);

who is always the subject (the person doing the action) and whom is never the subject. use the ‘he/him method’ he=who him=whom.

who/whom wrote the letter? He wrote the letter; therefore it would be who wrote the letter. And, for who/whom should I vote? I should vote for him; therefore it would be for whom should I vote.

Lie or lay – ‘lie’ means to recline while ‘lay’ means to put or place something,

you lie down/on/in, but you lay something. 

Subject / verb agreement – a singular subject takes a singular verb, while a plural subject takes a plural verb

Rhetorical Devices

Alliteration repeats the same sound at the beginning of nearby words – What my Wife Wanted.

Assonance – repeats the same vowel sound in nearby words – How Now Brown Cow.

Anaphora – word or phrase is repeated in successive clauses or sentences.  Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish.

rhetorical devices which change word meanings.

Metaphor is when two unconnected things are compared – Life is a Highway.

Similes are the same as metaphor but using the words like or as – Forrest Gump said Life is like a box of chocolates.

Just pick one or two examples of what you heard in the meeting and comment on them.