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MASTERY OF SPEECH

A Course in Eight Parts on General Speech, Business
Talking and Public Speaking, What to Say and
How to Say It under All Conditions

BY

FREDERICK HOUK LAW, Ph.D.

Lecturer in English in New York University, and Head of the Department of English in the Stuyvesant High School, New York City

THE COURSE OF STUDY
Book One

How To Speak Correctly And Pleasingly
Book Two
How To Use Words Correctly
Book Three

How To Speak Well Under All Ordinary Conditions
Book Four
How To Speak In Daily Business Life
Book Five
How To Speak Under Trying Conditions
Book Six

How To Speak In Private Life And In Public Places
Book Seven
How To Speak On Public Occasions
Book Eight

How To Find Material For Talking And Speaking
Founded By

Division Of Business Education

119 West Fortieth Street
New York

Copyright 1918
By Frederick Houk Law, Ph.d.
New York

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages, including the Scandinavian

Introduction to Book II

All speech is, of course, dependent upon words. If you use only the words that you now happen to possess you cannot make the great improvement in your speech that you can easily make by adding to your vocabulary.

Book II shows you how to use words properly and effectively, and suggests further means than have already been suggested for enlarging your vocabulary.

Book II will greatly increase your ability and power as a speaker.

MASTERY OF SPEECH

LESSON 31.

How to Select Words for Speech

KEY WORDS: MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO USE WORDS ACCURATELY.

Your power as a speaker depends largely upon your choice of words.

Follow these directions, and you will greatly benefit your speech:

1. Avoid all slang except when you use it for

definite effect.

The occasional use of slang to give pith and point is not at all objectionable so long as you use slang consciously for effect.

Habitual use of slang weakens the vocabulary, for slang words take the place of good words.

The use of slang weakens the ability to use synonyms.

2. Avoid bookish, pedantic words.

The habitual use of long, bookish words makes speech seem affected.

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