• how to tell a  joke (a video)

    1)Train to play the characters in your jokes

    2)rhythm and timing are important

    3)  work on the punch line.

    Speak with confidence!

    Telling jokes may improve your speaking skills

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     I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.    







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  • Wikipedia: doublespeak

    Your dictionary: examples of doublespeak

    Introduction to doublespeak

    Before Orwell:


    Oxymoronic Phrases 

    We're alone 

    No comment 

    Turned up missing 

    Where the truth lies 

    Specialize in everything 


    The rain is starting to stop. 

    Can I ask you a question? 

    You cannot know anything for sure 

    Thank God I'm an atheist. 


    New antiques arriving daily 

    Different, like everybody else  

     ready-to-eat frozen dinner  

    As famous as the unknown  soldier 


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    I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous .

    That shoe fits you like a glove! (Prince Charming to Cinderella,)



     See also "How to speak English at the café"!

    just below

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  • Edward R. Murrow.

    Food for thought on this theme: "The Power of Words"


    "See It Now" anniversary: When Edward R. Murrow stood up to Joseph McCarthy

    "March 8, 2014, 8:25 AM|Nearly 60 years ago on "See It Now," legendary CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow changed the face of journalism by criticizing Wisconsin Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy’s anti-communist witch-hunt. Historian and CBS News consultant Douglas Brinkley joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” with a look McCarthy’s political downfall." CBS quote



     Edward R. Murrow's famous broadcast as he challenges McCarthy , quoting Shakespeare's Julius Caesar  and ending with these now famous words : "Good night and good luck"



    Edward R. Murrow - Extract from See It Now (March 9, 1954)


    "No one familiar with the history of this country can deny that congressional committees are useful. It is necessary to investigate before legislating, but the line between investigating and persecuting is a very fine one and the junior Senator from Wisconsin has stepped over it repeatedly. His primary achievement has been in confusing the public mind, as between the internal and the external threats of Communism. We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. We must remember always that accusation is not proof and that conviction depends upon evidence and due process of law. We will not walk in fear, one of another. We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine, and remember that we are not descended from fearful men -- not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend causes that were, for the moment, unpopular.

    This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy's methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result. There is no way for a citizen of a republic to abdicate his responsibilities. As a nation we have come into our full inheritance at a tender age. We proclaim ourselves, as indeed we are, the defenders of freedom, wherever it continues to exist in the world, but we cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.

    The actions of the junior Senator from Wisconsin have caused alarm and dismay amongst our allies abroad, and given considerable comfort to our enemies. And whose fault is that? Not really his. He didn't create this situation of fear; he merely exploited it -- and rather successfully. Cassius was right. "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves."

    Good night, and good luck."

    Learn more about Edward r.Murrow  on PBS : American Masters


    Learn more about the "RED SCARE" and Senator mcCarthy  on




    You may also watch george Clooney's film entitled Good Night and Good Luck 




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