Tuesday, November 17, 2009


A few years back someone wrote out word for word what Ronald Reagan had actually said in an unrehearsed speech which many had thought outstanding. It was gibberish. Many great orators, speaking off-the-cuff, use curtailed phrases, non-grammatical repetition and other unintentional linguistic devices to keep the emotional grip. But when you write it out it is nonsense.

I wrote the following down the other day. I understood it completely at the time yet realised it made no sense. What do you think?

Well ... it's the presence of the outsider ... you do two years and you move on a bit ... my sole job you know was to shape, everyone had a turn to get in there as it were, yeah, yeah, it's the facilitative role, it needs more flexibility.

Try writing out a few word-for-words this week. It's fun. It's interesting. It's rarely as good in writing as it sounded live.

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