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"You say tuh-MAY-toe. I say tum-AH-toe." Learn about the Kanajun Langweej; find out where abracadabra and the F-word come from; understand the connection between assassins and eating hash and what it really means when the media describe a politician as "tired." There's probably lots about English that you don't know: how do you pronounce schism, anyway? And, if you're talking to an English speaking audience is it PA-ris, or pa-REE? Spell checkers are a handy invention when we write, but when it comes to using the appropriate word and saying it so others will understand, you're on your own. And how you say, is often as important as what you say. We have all cringed with embarrassment, at one time or another, upon hearing a word incorrectly used or pronounced - or after doing so ourselves. Written with a Canadian English-speaking audience in mind, You Can Say That Again! A Fun Approach to Sounding Better When You Open Your Mouth to Speak will teach you how to speak properly - even if you thought you already knew how - and save you from humiliating slip ups. At the very least, a verbal miscue will lead to a temporary loss of credibility; at its worst, the faux pas can be career threatening. Good speech, on the other hand, establishes credibility and enhances authority. This book will help you sound as though you know what you are talking about. You Can Say That Again! has a language quiz in every chapter, along with lists of word origins, political and business terms, sports and science bloopers, puns, limericks, and euphemisms. There's a pronunciation guide for major languages, and help for those who want to join the battle against jargon, slang, and clichs. It also offers tips on preparation and presentation for public speaking, whether at a social or business occasion, or on radio or television. Not a dictionary, but a collection of useful word information, You Can Say That Again! is an indispensable guide both to correct usage and pronunciation. With clear instructions, detailed lists, and sound advice, it will help the reader improve speech, sound better, and express thoughts more clearly.
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