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What is a superlative?
A superlative is a part of speech usually an adjective or adverb that is expressing the utmost or highest in quality. A superlative can also refer to an exaggerated expression of praise.
Why do these superlatives matter?
Our answer is that using superlatives this much robs our conversations of three things, variety specificity and veracity.
The first thing is variety. As you might well imagine there are all kinds of other words in the English language that we can use to describe things aside from simply best or worst.
Next is specificity. If you use other words aside from just best and worst not only does it add more variety but you can make your point much more clearly. It's always helpful for the listener if you can provide a more nuanced position in your speech.
Last of these three points is veracity and this is the one we feel superlatives really hit the hardest. If you overuse superlatives in your speech it will eventually diminish your trustworthiness among your peers if you're using these words all the time.
Another reason to avoid superlatives is because they interfere with your ability to make reasoned arguments and have nuanced opinions. After all when someone offers their opinion, their end goal is usually to try to convince their listener of their own point of view.
Here's an important subset of using superlatives. The words love and hate. Especially in American culture these two words are used all the time even though if you think about it, they're pretty extreme.
Tips and tricks on how you can avoid using superlatives:
First take a day to observe how many superlatives you use yourself or how many you hear in daily life.
Next take a day to observe all the things you say that you love or hate regardless of the context or how you might have meant it in the moment.
After observing these habits make an effort to try to construct your sentences differently and with more nuance in the future.
To wrap up, our philosophy on this topic is simple. If you want to be a more genuine person you have to speak genuinely.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this was the first video Preston ever filmed, and I think he did very well. it takes time to find one's voice. Just watch my first video and you can see I made some progress. Btw, it is Preston's birthday today so happy 24th birthday Preston https://www.gentlemansgazette.com/sven-raphael-schneider/?utm_campaign=social-lead-gen&utm_medium=video&utm_source=youtube&utm_content=superlatives-in-speech&utm_term=youtube-description
For your first video how you explained the subject was very simple and informative it made me really think about how I talk to the people around me even putting a comment I had to erase it a few times because I didn't just want to say you did a great job but you did looking forward to see more videos with you as the lead
I’m enjoying Preston’s videos! He has a very warm sense of charisma with his delivery and is very honest with himself. I could sense the nervousness but he still remained confident and poised. Looking forward to more videos from you both!
I enjoyed your video, Preston. Your directness about your nervousness, the humor, and topic made this a video that I will definitely watch again. Regarding the topic of superlatives, while I try to remain cognizant of how I express my thoughts, I do catch myself speaking or typing like this sometimes. This is another one of these linguistic pitfalls to look out for!
I also wanted to point out two typos I noticed in the video: the first at 7:18, where the sentence contains “construct you’re sentences differently” and at 7:46, with the word “genuinely” spelled incorrectly. Despite this, I look forward to more of your videos!
I jumped out of my skin when the video first loaded!
Well done! You have a pleasant demeanor and a commanding presence. You know that of which you speak and act with the confidence of authority. I look forward to seeing more from you, Preston! A wonderful Happy Birthday as well. At your age, I was just beginning to put my head on straight! I'm happy to see not everyone was so blase' about their early 20's.
I figured you were new so I kept listening. I grew to like you. Great execution for a beginner! You will get into your own groove soon. I am truly excited to hear more from advice you. I would loosen up in the neck area. Comments below say you resemble an android (they meant no harm). It’s your slicked back hair combined with your elongated neckline. Relaxing a bit will ease that appearance. Move a little while talking. Turn your head, nod, and change facial expressions.
I think you did a great job for your first solo video. Only thing I found awkward was when you were turning around showing off your suit. Now if you have a limp because of injury or you were born with it, I get it. If not, might want to work on trying to smooth that out or...if the budget is there, get a turn table you can stand on that rotates slowly to show off the suit. Just a thought.
Fantastic job, Preston! I've done a fair amount of things like this (as in, uncomfortable public speaking), so I'm impressed by your first attempt here, and your ability to compose yourself, keep a good pace of speech, and articulate your words to precisely. When I saw the call for an additional host go out, I didn't think they'd get someone who started off so well! Nothin' against you, Sven, but I gotta say, I think he's more of a natural than you were when you started! :P
Also, excellent style! (As in, how you're dressed.) I wear glasses myself, so I can especially appreciate how particularly chosen and good your glasses look on you, too. (Oh, and good choice of hairstyle! It suits you.) I think it's very cool and interesting that you're a jazz singer; I wonder if any bit of that might ever overlap with something here! (Maybe a video or two on the topic of music? I really enjoy classic jazz, and find it's extremely gentlemanly.)
I look forward to more videos by you in the future! I continue to enjoy how Gentleman's Gazette continues to grow in such positive ways. I've been a fan since I found your first video! Keep up the great work Preston, Sven, and anyone else behind the scenes there at the Gazette and Fort Belvedere!
(Had to edit it to take out a small superlative! 😜)
Preston is a great addition to the Gentleman's Gazette. I will share this video with Rudolph. Thank you, Preston, for a great first and informative video. Happy Birthday To You! Oh and by the way do you have videos of you singing?
Excellent topic, I place a lot of importance on the clarity of communication and enjoyed this video very much. Additionally, I find Preston immediately likable; I'm looking forward to more of his videos.
Superlatives have been in regular use for millennia. Rather than outright discouraging their use, perhaps discouraging against their overuse would be most suitable (to use a superlative) to remedy the problem in modern English.
It's worse even than that; now common for your average teen to say; 'That was _literally_ the best movie ever.' , when it isn't - they just liked it a bit.
Reaction to Mr new presenter? - I'd like him to wind down the intensity a good deal. I feel as though someone's trying to sell me something I don't want. Early days, I know.
Kardashians: "literally", a very overused verbal crutch at present. It annoys me no end. "like, I literally went to the toilet and took a huge $hit", you took a dump, you vile fame-addicted cretin. Anything "literal" about that is completely redundant.
It’s easy in this video to tell that Preston is nervous; there are several facial tics that appear to give it away. However, it’s also easy to tell that this is something he’s very interested in, so it’s clear he’s nervous because he wants to do a good job.
You did a good job with this, Preston. You’ll get even better with practice. Mr Schneider made an excellent choice.
Clear, eloquent language = clear and sophisticated thought. Language conveys the capacity for complexity and communicates social and situational awareness. Paraphrasing Einstein: State everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Great video and interesting idea for expanding the GG universe!
This was a great video. I find myself guilty of over exaggeration on a daily basis, and it will help to be aware of it and reduce it as much as possible. On a slightly different note (and only because this channel largely focuses on fashion/accessories) I found your glasses a bit distracting. The frames seem a bit too narrow for your face, and they also sit a bit too low, so that the top rims merge with the top of your eyes. The colour is fine, it just seems like a size and fit issue. Hope to see more of you on this channel. :)
I strongly believe we should make an efford to bring more nuance back into our language and therefore I am very happy that this is a dedicated topic on the channel with the audience that is most likely to achieve this goal :)
So far the best topic/video I saw on this channel. Preston looks like someone with great potential, despite being still a bit wooden and nervous. Good luck, Preston, I'm sure that you will make this great channel even better and more useful!
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