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Category: Grammarian

The role of the Toastmaster grammarian is to listen out for beautiful language, clever use of grammar and the inclusion of the word of the day.

Marginal – (Weekly Writing Prompt #190)

The difference between marvellous and brilliant was marginal but brilliant alliterated with the name of the product and that worked for her. It was all about putting bright ideas into […]

Niggle – (Weekend Writing Prompt #187)

It had started to niggle, that rather irritating cough that wouldn’t go away – when working in the garden or worse when she left the house.  The brabbling drippy nose […]

Quixotic – (Weekend Writing Prompt #186)

The ballet was just beautiful to watch, so very sensual.  She had never experienced a ballet before. This one was quixotic; it made her eyes leak. (26-Word Micro-Story) Prompt inspired […]

Dire – (Weekend Writing Prompt #185)

The muted muffle coming from the old record player was just dire.  We cleared off the dust inches, changed the stylus, rewired the speakers, to no avail; Pink Floyd still […]

Occult Vault – (Weekly Decima Prompt)

Kismet, fluke, chance, luck or karma, Maybe it’s destiny or fate? On the occult or mystic state, To excuse all of life’s drama, That knocks off kilter, our dharma. Tis […]

Finagle – (Six Sentence Story #130)

It wasn’t that Dad’s handwritten will had no date; it did … Friday February 2011. Hells bells and various other words to that effect. It had been witnessed by Dad’s next door neighbours, […]

Jostle – (Weekend Writing Prompt #170)

Pandemic aside, it’s that time of year, when the great unwashed jostle for prime position on the beautiful beaches here on the south-coast.  While the hoi polloi quaff champers on […]

Alone with my Pen (3TC #323)

Alone with my pen A crisp white piece of paper – and a mental crush (Haiku) Phone with thanks to Pexels  I have been a bit remiss of late … […]

Nuance – (Weekend Writing Prompt #167)

The mentor muted “Capturing the nuance of pitch, tone, pace, and volume in your speaking voice is important when delivering your talk.  Using a high, angry, rapid-fire, shout will convey […]

Out of the Blue (3TC #300)

“I’m sorry,  you weren’t expected today.  I am occupied this afternoon.” She smiles coyly (Micro-Story) Photo by Adrienn from Pexels Post inspired by Three Things Challenge #300    

Syzygy (Weekend Writing Prompt #164)

When Mercury is in retrograde, I blame the celeste for everything that’s gone awry. Shame it only happens thrice yearly. However, a syzygy occurs twice a month, – so why […]

Unwelcome – (Weekend Writing Prompt #163)

It wasn’t long before Bournemouths’ beaches nearest the two piers had filled with bodies of all shapes and sizes.  It was bound to happen, wasn’t it?  It’d been forecasted the […]

Tony Hudgell – (3TC #272)

Blink! Tears ran down my face. (Six Word Story) Tony’s Just Giving Page  Image and story from by BBC Breakfast News Story   Blog Post inspired by Three Things Challenge   

Obdurate? – (Weekly Writing Prompt #161)

Frankie, the grammarian at tonight’s Toastmasters meeting, smiled resolutely.  He was adamant that he would get just the right choice, for the ‘Word of the Evening’ challenge.  He had taken […]