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After-Dinner Speech

Definition of the noun After-Dinner Speech

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  1. A public address event that is traditionally spoken after a dinner, and meant to take an important topic and make greater sense of it through the use of humor that is relevant to the idea presented.

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Google previewA Student's Dictionary of Language and Linguistics (2014)

by Larry Trask

Examples include an after-dinner speech, a job interview, a classroom lesson, a sermon and a university lecture. speech planning The initial stage in speaking, ...

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

An after-dinner speech is like a love letter. Ideally, you should begin by not knowing what you are going to say, and end by not knowing what you've said — Lord Jowitt Eloquence must flow by a stream that is fed by an abundant spring — Henry St. John, Viscount Bolinbroke A good speech is like a pencil; it has to have a point like a breathless messenger's report —James Atlas Great eloquence, like a flame, must have fuel to feed it, motion to excite it, and brightens by burning — Tacitus ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society (2010)

by David H. Guston

Richard Feynman delivers an after-dinner speech to the American Physical Society meeting in Pasadena, California. The speech ranges over a number of possibilities for the design and application of structures at what is now called the nanoscale. The speech is reprinted in a variety of popular media, usually with the title “There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom.” However, most practicing scientists at the time assume Feynman was striving primarily to amuse, rather than inspire, ...

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