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Horton hears a what?

April 20, 2008

I have just seen Horton Hears a Who, and loved the film, but what I loved even more was the language.

Dr Seuss, or Theodore Seuss Geisel, frequently used alliterations and rhymes in his books and stories to help capture the attention of the reader and the listener.

As speakers, we can use these same techniques to capture the attention of our audience and keep their minds and ears active and interested in what we’re talking about without them even knowing what we’re doing.

So here are my speech tactics:

Alliterations: is the repetition of a leading consonant sound in a phrase – Horton hears a Who (all H sounds). Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers (all P sounds)

Rhyme: is a repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words. I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam-I-am.

Onomatopoeia: is a type of word that sounds like the thing it is describing. “Oink, quack, meow” all  animal sounds. “Hiss, squeak, clang” again are onomatopoeia words.

Hyperbole: is a figure of speech in where statements are exaggerated. “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”

Similes: are comparisons, you compare two nouns that are unlike with “like” or “as”. He walked as quiet as a mouse” “Her eyes shone like diamonds”

Next time you’re putting together a speech, think about the words and language that you’re using, can you use a couple of the tactics above to help keep the interest of your audience?

    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“I meant what I said and I said what I meant.” Quote from Dr Seuss.

Keep speaking, Carrol