Monday, January 24, 2011

A rhyme about nine parts of speech

Three little words you often see
Are articles - a, an, and the.

A noun's the name of anything
As school or garden, hoop or swing.

Adjectives describe the 'kind of noun'
As great, small, pretty, white or brown.

Instead of nouns, the pronouns stand -
Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.

Verbs tell of something to be done -
To read, count, sing, to laugh or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell,
As slowly, quickly, ill or well.

Conjunctions join the words together,
As men and women, wind or weather.

The preposition stands before
A noun, as in or through a door.

The interjection shows surprise,
As Oh! How pretty! Oh! How wise!

The whole are called nine parts of speech,
Which reading, writing, speaking teach.

An old rhyme on "The Parts of Speech"

Every name is called a noun,
As field and fountain, street and town.

In place of noun the pronoun stands,
As he and she can clap their hands.

The adjective describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring.

The verb means action, something done --
To read, to write, to jump, to run.

How things are done, the adverbs tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well.

The preposition shows relation,
As in the street, or at the station.

Conjunctions join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase.

The interjection cries out, "Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!"

Through poetry, we learn how each
Of these make up the Parts of Speech.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Quotations about Speaking

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.  ~John Ruskin

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach.  ~Winston Churchill

The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven't thought of yet.  ~Ann Landers

To speak and to speak well are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.  ~Ben Jonson

If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.  ~Earl Wilson

Two monologues do not make a dialogue.  ~Jeff Daly

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.  ~Thomas Neiel

The older I grow the more I listen to people who don't talk much.  ~Germain G. Glien

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.  ~Pubilius Syrus

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.  ~Margaret Millar

Not the fastest horse can catch a word spoken in anger.  ~Chinese Proverb

There is no such thing as conversation.  It is an illusion.  There are intersecting monologues, that is all.  ~Rebecca West (Cicily Maxwell Andrews), "The Harsh Voice," There Is No Conversation, 1935

The kindest word in all the world is the unkind word, unsaid.  ~Author Unknown

Talking is like playing on the harp; there is as much in laying the hands on the strings to stop their vibration as in twanging them to bring out their music.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

People have to talk about something just to keep their voice boxes in working order so they'll have good voice boxes in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Cat's Cradle

Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.  ~Quentin Crisp

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.  ~Martin Farquhar Tupper, "Of Discretion," Proverbial Philosophy

The true genius shudders at incompleteness - and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.  ~Hermann Hesse

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  ~Dorothy Nevill

The easiest way to save face is to keep the lower half shut.  ~Author Unknown

Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut.  ~Author Unknown

Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.  ~Orson Rega Card

Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.  ~Ira Gassen

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.  ~Josh Billings

Foolishness always results when the tongue outraces the brain.  ~Author Unknown

The words you choose to say something are just as important as the decision to speak.  ~Author Unknown

Among provocatives, the next best thing to good preaching is bad preaching.  I have even more thoughts during or enduring it than at other times.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.  ~Walter Bagehot

It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than to open it and resolve all doubt.  ~Abraham Lincoln

I am annoyed by individuals who are embarrassed by pauses in a conversation.  To me, every conversational pause refreshes.  ~George Sanders

Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?  ~Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.

It is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood.  ~Karl Popper, Unended Quest

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret.  ~Ambrose Bierce

Drawing on my find command of language, I said nothing.  ~Robert Charles Benchley

Don't tell your friends about your indigestions:  "How are you!" is a greeting, not a question.  ~Arthur Guiterman, A Poet's Proverbs

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.  ~Horace

Don't speak unless you can improve on the silence.  ~Spanish Proverb

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.  ~Will Durant

If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf.  ~Lemony Snicket

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving evidence of the fact.  ~George Eliot, Impressions of Theophrastus Such, 1879

Calvin:  Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts.  I wonder why we think faster than we speak.
Hobbes:  Probably so we can think twice.
~Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes

One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.  ~Frank Sheed

Talk to people about themselves and they will listen for hours.  ~Benjamin Disraeli

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.  ~Robert Quillen

Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence.  A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do.  She went up to him and said: "Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me."  "You lose," Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away.  ~Author Unknown

The difference between a smart man and a wise man is that a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it.  ~Frank M. Garafola

I just wish my mouth had a backspace key.  ~Author Unknown

No man would listen to you talk if he didn't know it was his turn next.  ~E.W. Howe
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.  ~Wendell Johnson

He's a wonderful talker, who has the art of telling you nothing in a great harangue.  ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Le Misanthrope

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.  ~George Bernard Shaw

If you keep your mouth shut you will never put your foot in it.  ~Austin O'Malley

If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.  ~George Barzan

Talk is cheap because supply exceeds demand.  ~Author Unknown

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.  ~Adlai Stevenson

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said.  ~Author Unknown

In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.  ~Winston Churchill

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.  ~Napoleon I, Maxims

Keep your words soft and tender because tomorrow you may have to eat them.  ~Author Unknown

Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.  ~Author unknown, attributed to Mark Twain

When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing.  ~Author Unknown

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk.  That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.  ~Ernest Hemingway