Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one raconteur or multiple raconteurs.)
A raconteur is a person who is very good at telling interesting stories in social situations. In other words, raconteurs are people who are great at describing funny or interesting anecdotes about day-to-day life.
How to use it:
Call someone a raconteur; it's a compliment. Talk about someone being a raconteur, being known as a raconteur, being recognized as a skilled raconteur, a hilarious raconteur, a friendly raconteur, a reliable raconteur, and so on.
Mr. Chung is an unassuming raconteur and made us laugh hysterically as, with patient timing and a straight face, he revealed the increasingly funny details of that time he attempted fishing with his friend.
You might not think that a story about accidentally killing someone's pet could be amusing, but wait until Matt, the devilish raconteur, tells it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "raconteur" means when you can explain it without saying “storyteller” or “entertainer."
Think of someone you know who can always make you laugh with a story about a recent event, and fill in the blanks: "(Person) is a natural raconteur; (he/she) had me (laughing/captivated) with a description of _____."
Example: "Betsy is a natural raconteur; she had me laughing with a description of how long it took for her husband to notice that she had added a rug underneath the dining room table."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Messages that go through an automated translator into several languages and back into English again often end up sounding funny and garbled-- but still somehow meaningful. We’re having fun with that phenomenon this month as we play our game: Guess the moral from Aesop’s Fables after it has been translated into a few foreign languages and back again by a computer program. Some of the morals may be very familiar to you, others not so much. You don’t need to quote Aesop verbatim but rather just understand the message being conveyed. Try it out each day and see the right answer the following day.
Yesterday’s answer: The translation-babble said, “On the other hand other people's actions, what happens to him.” Aesop said, “The things that a person does to others will happen to him in turn.”
Try this one today: “Success reduced a lot.”
A Point Well Made:
Ludwig Wittgenstein: “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
1. The opposite of RACONTEUR is
2. She thinks she's such a raconteur, but _____
A. she probably won't even get her contract renewed, much less a promotion.
B. nobody wants to hear that long, boring account of her lost earring again.
C. once you hang out with her outside of work, she's actually very chatty.
Answers are below.
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