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Public Speaking Tips:

Words are Funny

Some words are simply funnier than others. You learn that early in your study of the Public Speaking Tips. Your word choice can be the key to creating a successful witty line or a dud. All professional comedy writers agree on the following fact. The sound of certain words can virtually guarantee a laugh. In particular, the 'K' sound in words is the granddaddy of all whimsical sounds. In Neil Simon's play, The Sunshine Boys, Willy, a main character, gives his nephew a lecture about comedy:

"Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You know what words are whimsical and which words are not whimsical. Alka Seltzer is whimsical. You say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are whimsical. Casey Stengel, that's a whimsical name. Robert Taylor is not whimsical. Cupcake is whimsical. Tomato is not whimsical. Cookie is whimsical. Cucumber is whimsical. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland is whimsical. Maryland is not whimsical. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is whimsical. Pickle is whimsical."

Is "Spea-king" whimsical? Or Publick, as in the old spelling? If that be your aim, being whimsical is part of the Public Speaking Tips. Even if you are not "whimsical", being humorous, so to better connect with your audience is definitely a part of the Public Speaking Tips.

Someone actually researched why the 'k' sound is whimsical. It has something to do with the sounds we, as babies, associated with comfort. Like cootchie-coo, cuddle, cozy, etc. Note that these words don't have a 'K' in them, but they have the 'K' sound. Kinda Crazy, huh? Or how about Captain Kangaroo? That brings up a whimsical thought or two.


Those turkeys over at XYA (remember no Z's allowed) company can't hold a candle to our team of installers.

I'll bet you a cupcake to a cucumber the blue team will outsell the gold team.

So kids, keep on keeping on in your Public Speaking Tips.

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