Tuesday, March 07, 2006

and the Oscar for most-used words goes to...

...a long list, according to today's New York Times Arts section. In the hardcopy editions -- but sadly, not online -- appears a list of words used 10 or more times in Academy Awards acceptance speeches, scaled proportionately to the frequency of their use. Number one was "thank," naturally, followed by academy, people, love, great, film, know, thanks, everybody and crew. The entire list is a randomized treat, including everything from "oh" to "Howard," but excluding some pronouns and other commonly used words. (We must have nodded off, as we didn't notice Howard's more than 10 mentions.) In your next speech, acceptance or not, it pays to learn which words you use frequently -- and find alternatives. It'll keep you and your audience sharp.

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