The Correct Thing - Speech|
(in polite society)
Florence Hall - Author
D. Martin - editor
It IS the correct thing ...|
To remember that conversation is a fine art, from which base matter must necessarily be excluded.
To speak in chest tones.
To lower the voice and speak slowly when one wishes to enforce one's authority.
To speak distinctly, but softly and slowly.
To avoid coarseness and rudeness of speech and language, and harsh laughter.
To remember that proper cultivation and use of the voice not only adds to its beauty, but prevents it from becoming prematurely thin, worn and cracked.
It IS NOT the correct thing...
To speak in harsh nasal tones, after the manner of many New Englanders, and some other Americans.
To scold in a high key or to scream to persons at a distance, thereby injuring the voice, as well as disturbing the public peace.
To blur one's words so that the sound is as of a person who speaks with his mouth full of pudding.
To speak fast or to drawl.
To speak in a loud voice, or in a slovenly or indistinct manner.
To speak from the head and throat.