The main purpose of the Grammarian role is to encourage and commend good use of language by speakers and other meeting participants. NOTE this is often merged with the Ah Counter Role, i.e. Grammarian will do both Ah-Counter and Grammarian Roles.
The main responsibilities of the Grammarian are:
Make sure you choose a word that will help the members of the audience to enhance their everyday vocabulary, rather than picking a seldom-used, archaic or slang word.
Adjectives or adverbs are recommended since they are easier to incorporate into normal speech, but feel free to choose any type of word that you wish.
Prepare a short definition of the word, including one or two usage examples. Feel free to write these on a piece of card to read out during the meeting.
Print the word out in large letters on two separate pieces of paper. These should be big enough to read easily across a room.
Make sure you print out the word, INCLUDING one or two examples.
Practice your introduction to ensure that your are comfortable with explaining the role and introducing your chosen word of the day.
Keep an eye on the clock to make sure you can keep within the allotted time.
Stick one of the word of the day posters at the front of the room where it can be clearly seen by audience members and people coming up to speak.
Stick the other poster at the back of the room where it may be clearly seen by speakers.
Listen for words or phrases which are particularly interesting, unusual or effective.
If you feel confident enough, look out for some common rhetorical devices, such as:
First, report on which participants used the Word of the Day and how many times. You do not need to say how the word was used.
Using your notes, highlight some of the most interesting examples of language which occurred during the meeting. Try to pick examples from a variety of speakers and from various different parts of the meeting.
Keep an eye on the time. When you see the amber light, choose one or two more short examples, then wrap up and hand back to the Toastmaster.