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Public Speaking Jobs:

Words are Funny

Some words are simply funnier than others. You learn that early in your study of the Public Speaking Jobs. 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 ludicrous 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 ludicrous and which words are not ludicrous. Alka Seltzer is ludicrous. You say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are ludicrous. Casey Stengel, that's a ludicrous name. Robert Taylor is not ludicrous. Cupcake is ludicrous. Tomato is not ludicrous. Cookie is ludicrous. Cucumber is ludicrous. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland is ludicrous. Maryland is not ludicrous. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is ludicrous. Pickle is ludicrous."

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

Someone actually researched why the 'k' sound is ludicrous. 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 ludicrous thought or two.

Examples:

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 Jobs.






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