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Words are farcical

Some words are simply funnier than others. You learn that early in your study of the Public Speaking Jobs. Your word choice can be the key to creating a successful witty line or a dud. All professional comedy writers agree on the following fact. The sound of certain words can virtually guarantee a laugh. In particular, the 'K' sound in words is the granddaddy of all farcical sounds. In Neil Simon's play, The Sunshine Boys, Willy, a main character, gives his nephew a lecture about comedy:

"Fifty-seven years in this business, you learn a few things. You know what words are farcical and which words are not farcical. Alka Seltzer is farcical. You say "Alka Seltzer" you get a laugh . . . Words with "k" in them are farcical. Casey Stengel, that's a farcical name. Robert Taylor is not farcical. Cupcake is farcical. Tomato is not farcical. Cookie is farcical. Cucumber is farcical. Car keys. Cleveland . . . Cleveland is farcical. Maryland is not farcical. Then, there's chicken. Chicken is farcical. Pickle is farcical."

Is "Spea-king" farcical? Or Publick, as in the old spelling? If that be your aim, being farcical is part of the Public Speaking Jobs. Even if you are not "farcical", being humorous, so to better connect with your audience is definitely a part of the Public Speaking Jobs.

Someone actually researched why the 'k' sound is farcical. It has something to do with the sounds we, as babies, associated with comfort. Like cootchie-coo, cuddle, cozy, etc. Note that these words don't have a 'K' in them, but they have the 'K' sound. Kinda Crazy, huh? Or how about Captain Kangaroo? That brings up a farcical thought or two.


Those turkeys over at XYA (remember no Z's allowed) company can't hold a candle to our team of installers.

I'll bet you a cupcake to a cucumber the blue team will outsell the gold team.

So kids, keep on keeping on in your Public Speaking Jobs.

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