‘The Tree and the Pool’ – a poem by Brian Patten, read by Lis Goodwin

Well, I think I’m catching up with the major hiatus of the last couple of weeks (is it a month? Tsk!). I hope you enjoy this video, there are more to come, hopefully next week! Please share these – it really helps my business for people to hear how good English can, and should, sound.

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

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‘My True Love’ – a poem read by Lis Goodwin

A fun and whimsical poem for all ages. I hope you enjoy it!

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Thanks for watching!

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

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Total wordy geek-fest!

Cor!

Now is it just me that thinks this is just brilliant?

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What-y-what-what?

Ok, I’ll explain – this little tool, from Google, searches books in any time period you choose, and displays usage as a graph so that you can see when it has most references. I would say this is pretty accurate (I can’t see why it wouldn’t be) and it’s certainly fun (for a word-geek like me. Word).

In fact the minute I was faced with this tool my mind went blank – I could search for any word I wanted, and couldn’t think of any for a moment. Then they came in. I started off with the word contemn, which is found throughout the King James Bible.

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Then on to another – how about demirep?

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W00T! What does demirep mean? Well dictionary.com has a very unsatisfactory definition, so from my 1923 Nuttall’s etymological dictionary we have:

‘a woman of suspicious chastity’ (demi-reputation)

And then of course, how about obscurantist?

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Haha! What is an obscurantist?

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This could describe many things, people and organisations today! Just look at the government and their statutes written in legalese! Most certainly hiding knowledge from people and evading clarity. Another fascinating word!

So now – go and have fun, (Link: https://books.google.com/ngrams) and please tweet your charts to me over at @Glorious_voice – I can’t wait to see what you search for!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

www.gloriousvoicecoaching.com

A Lady Who Thinks She Is Thirty – a poem by Ogden Nash

Unwillingly Miranda wakes,
Feels the sun with terror,
One unwilling step she takes,
Shuddering to the mirror.

Miranda in Miranda’s sight
Is old and gray and dirty;
Twenty-nine she was last night;
This morning she is thirty.

Shining like the morning star,
Like the twilight shining,
Haunted by a calendar,
Miranda is a-pining.

Silly girl, silver girl,
Draw the mirror toward you;
Time who makes the years to whirl
Adorned as he adored you.

Time is timelessness for you;
Calendars for the human;
What’s a year, or thirty, to
Loveliness made woman?

Oh, Night will not see thirty again,
Yet soft her wing, Miranda;
Pick up your glass and tell me, then–
How old is Spring, Miranda?

Ogden Nash

A lovely poem full of whimsy and joy – I hope you enjoyed it!

Best wishes

Lis Goodwin – your voice coach

www.gloriousvoicecoahcing.com