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The Preposition and Definition Determine the Speaker’s Location

The speaker has arrived at the predetermined location and is ready to wow us with some fancy oratory.

Where does he stand?

The choices: a lectern, a podium, a rostrum and a pulpit.

Again, where does he stand? It’s in the preposition.

So, he stands behind a lectern, on a podium (not at it), on a rostrum and in a pulpit.

How do you know? It’s in the definitions.

A lectern is a desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold text at the proper height for the person standing there. A podium is a raised platform that gives prominence to the person standing on it. A rostrum also is a raised platform. A pulpit also is a raised platform, but traditional ones are partly enclosed, with room for the speaker to step in or out.

So, behind a lectern, on a podium, on a rostrum and in a pulpit.

Until next time! Use the right words!


November 4, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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