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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 comical 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 comical and which words are not comical. Alka Seltzer is comical. You say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are comical. Casey Stengel, that's a comical name. Robert Taylor is not comical. Cupcake is comical. Tomato is not comical. Cookie is comical. Cucumber is comical. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland is comical. Maryland is not comical. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is comical. Pickle is comical."

Is "Spea-king" comical? Or Publick, as in the old spelling? If that be your aim, being comical is part of the Public Speaking Tips. Even if you are not "comical", 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 comical. 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 comical 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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