Being a Grammarian is truly an exercise in expanding your listening skills. There are two basic responsibilities.
Introduce a new word to members by selecting the “word of the evening” and count how many times the “word of the evening” has been used.
Comment on the use or misuse of the English language. In addition to that, watch for unusual or picturesque words, imaginative use of language, and hesitations described as “ums and ahs”. It is a good idea to bring a dictionary.
Prior to the Meeting
Call your Chairperson to find the theme for the evening
Select a “word for the evening” and tie it to the theme if possible. Choose a word that can be used in the context of a Toastmasters meeting. Make sure the word is not too common, in order to expand your fellow Toastmasters’ vocabulary.
Write or type the word on a sheet of paper, in letters large enough to be seen from the back of the room.
Upon Arrival at the Meeting
Tape your visual aid on the lectern but fold it back so that it can’t be seen yet.
When introduced, explain the role of the Grammarian. Announce the “word of the evening” and ask the Chairperson to display the sheet at the front of the lectern. Define the word, specify whether it is a noun, adjective, verb, etc., use it in a sentence, and encourage anyone speaking during any part of the meeting to try to incorporate it into their speech.
When called by the General Evaluator, stand by your chair and give your report regarding the “word of the evening”. Mention ums and ahs. Try to offer the correct usage in every instance in which there was a misuse, instead of only explaining what was wrong. It is not necessary to name Toastmasters who make errors. Give special attention to GOOD use of the language.