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Eliminate Needless Words

While I am not totally opposed to filler-words, I do find that they get in the way of one of a square dance caller’s primary tools, the music. Here are a pair of “old time” rhymes that take 8 beats to say: Chicken in the bread pan, pickin’ out...

Rule 2: When you’ve said what you need to say, stop talking.

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Rule 1: Know what you’re going to say before opening your mouth.

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Rule 13

Here’s a new word for you: deontology. I learned it in my class on ethics in my master’s program at Gonzaga University.  It is Greek in origin (δέον) with the root word “deon” meaning “obligation” or “duty.”  If someone...