DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster EducatorI am not sure if I am outside my comfort zone or not yet, however what a perfect place for somebody with dyslexia to be “A Toastmaster” now that I’ve joined they are giving me roles, this week I was asked to be “Grammarian” for the 1st time.


Being grammarian also provides an exercise in expanding listening skills. You have several responsibilities: to introduce new words to members, to comment on language usage during the course of the meeting, and to provide examples of eloquence.
Several days before the meeting, select a word of the day (if this is done in your club):

  • It should be one that will help members increase their vocabulary – a word that can be incorporated easily into everyday conversation but is different from the way people usually express themselves.
  • Adjectives and adverbs are more adaptable than nouns or verbs, but feel free to select your own special word.
  • Print your word, its part of speech (adjective, adverb, noun, verb) and a brief definition in letters large enough to be seen from the back of the room.
  • Prepare a sentence showing how the word is used.

Also, prepare a brief explanation of the duties of the grammarian for the benefit of the guests.

Grammarian 3 Minute Talk

I am sharing my notes and the journey. Please note the words in (brackets) is how I need to spelt the word so I can say/pronounce them correctly!

All week long I’ve been thinking about what word would be good for me to use and also that would have a simple definition that I can read/talk about three minutes!


I chose ask a friend (James Manser)
The Chinese have vast stockpiles of resources, these resources are used as collateral in financial agreements. For instance the same pile of copper can be used as collateral in many different lending agreements, without anyone being the wiser. It has been said this can happen up to 30 times over.

Rehypothecated – (Re High Poth a Catered)
I thought that is going to be a real stinker and I will never get ask to be Grammarian again!

I remembered a funny your tube video with a young guy at a spelling bee spelling the word
Sardoodledom (Sar-do-dodle Dum)
Means: Well-made works of drama that have trivial, insignificant, or morally objectionable plots

By Monday I was becoming Perplexed Puzzled, confused, stumped, baffled, bewildered, mixed up, muddled, bemused, confounded, mystified, fazed, dumbfounded, nonplussed, befuddled, flummoxed

When out for dinner and the word suggested Farctate Farctated (F#$k Taked)

A farctated diner is one who cannot eat another bite; if you are farctate, you are stuffed to the gills or bloated from eating a large meal.

I thought I would use the very 1st word I thought of when I was asked to be Grammarian.

Usually when people hear the word they think of;

  • reading
  • writing
  • spelling
  • math problems

Some associate it only with;

  • word and letter reversals
  • some only with slow learners
  • Almost everyone considers it some form of a learning disability

But the learning disability is only one face of Dyslexia

In a sentence…

While dyslexic children may struggle in the early grades, they often grow into gifted story tellers, inventors and entrepreneurs.

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