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Old 05-10-2009, 10:15 AM   #21
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Sounds great for a sales pitch, - - and I don't disagree at all with the validity of the stats, - - but it wasn't the vocabulary that formed the achievers, - - it was the achievers that formed the vocabulary.
Nicely put Tom.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:10 PM   #22
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How many contractors have seen the movie My Fair Lady.


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Teaching a contractor to talk is like licking lipstick off a pig. I differ to the speech impediment thing, get rid of that then why would I waste my talents contracting? j/k
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Teaching a contractor to talk is like licking lipstick off a pig. I differ to the speech impediment thing, get rid of that then why would I waste my talents contracting? j/k

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It is not the size of your vocabulary that matters, it is how you use it.
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It is not the size of your vocabulary that matters, it is how you use it.
That is NOT what she said!!!
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Hate to disappoint, but I read the play before I saw any movie.

And it was called Pygmallion if my memory serves me correctly. Was it by GBS?

I remember talking to a policeman in London about the difference between a Tory and a conservative and he asked me if I was from Newcastle. I'm still not sure if that was a put down or a legitimate question.
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Hate to disappoint, but I read the play before I saw any movie.

And it was called Pygmallion if my memory serves me correctly. Was it by GBS?

I remember talking to a policeman in London about the difference between a Tory and a conservative and he asked me if I was from Newcastle. I'm still not sure if that was a put down or a legitimate question.

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I worked for a guy ( Has regular column in Remodeling Magazine) that encouraged all of us to use a vocabulary SLIGHTLY above our audience.

I think many of us do this instinctively; I know I do. However, it is only possible if one has a command of the language sufficient for the task. It is kind of difficult to sell yourself as a professional to a potential customer when you talk and comport yourself as an average joe.

How many of us know people who have reached their "level of incompetence" and it shows? (The Peter Principle)
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I think what Earl Nightingale means is if you speak and get the message understood to most of the people you talk to, you have gained command of the language and your listeners.
I agree. Being articulate and economical with your words is key.
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Good, informative discussion, and agree with all that making yourself understood is the key to success in communicating with clients. Obviously true when using technical terms, but equally important in conveying the larger concepts, for instance the idea of "increasing the value of your home" when remodeling a kitchen or bath.

That said, I take the liberty of saying we are all in the minor leagues when it comes to impressing others with our vocabulary. When I read the editorials these days, I can actually read and understand them. The great linguist of our times, and a slightly conservative guy, William F. Buckley, passed away last year, leaving a giant vacuum in the use of English vocabulary. So, when you are feeling especially smart some day, put yourself back in your place with a review of the following:

"Author of more than 50 books..., Buckley delighted in perplexing as well as edifying readers with his intimidating arsenal of what he called "out of town words." In Buckley: The Right Word (Random House, 1996), he wrote, "I am often accused of an inordinate reliance on unusual words... ."

He then listed some of the more arcane words that regularly appeared in his syndicated column, "On the Right." Drawing on that list, we now offer--for the benefit of word lovers, Buckley admirers, and students preparing for the SAT--the William F. Buckley, Jr. Vocabulary Quiz:
  1. albescent
  2. attican
  3. auto-da-fe
  4. cartesian
  5. chiliastic
  6. credenda
  7. deracination
  8. dithyrambic
  9. dysgenically
  10. epigoni
  11. eremitical
  12. eschatological
  13. excogitation
  14. ferula
  15. fons et origo
  16. hegemonic
  17. periphrastic
  18. tergiversation
  19. velleity
To check the definitions of these words, visit any good-sized English dictionary, such as The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language. That said, you may have to rely on a Greek dictionary for epigoni ("a second-rate imitator") and attican ("a characteristic of ancient Athens"), a Latin dictionary for credenda ("articles of faith") and fons et origo ("source and origin")."

Source: Richard Nordquist at: http://grammar.about.com/b/2008/02/2...ulary-quiz.htm
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Vocabulary is one sign of class position, a forbidden topic in the US. Other signs are dress, comportment, and social affiliations. Some customers want to recognize in you a social peer, so they don't think you'll rip them off out of class anger. Others want you to be beneath them socially so you'll know your place and not rip them off. Others want to think of you as salt of the earth, so they can seem open-minded by getting along with you (and so you won't rip them off).
As another poster wrote, you have to pay attention to the person you're dealing with, not who you assume they are.
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