The unwritten rule: Speak off the cuff
and you blunder.
Does she want to deny them the opportunity to prepare such tributes with love and care, and instead see a law brought in demanding people only speak off the cuff
- thereby running the risk of missing out some important points in the process?
Responding to cheers the night before the dedication of the cemetery, Lincoln emerged from the Gettysburg house where he was staying, thanked the crowd, and half-apologetically said he had no speech prepared and didn't think it prudent to speak off the cuff
. "In my position it is somewhat important that I should not say any foolish things," he observed.
The annual Installation Luncheon at the BevHills Hotel saw HFPA prexy Aida Takla-O'Reilly forced to speak off the cuff
And it's much easier to make sure your syntax is in order when you don't have to speak off the cuff
or respond to an interviewer's questions.
Darren Murphy, Weoley Castle * I MISS my favourite broadcaster's ability to speak off the cuff
, in a funny manner about anything and everything.
He is a good enough orator that there is no need to cringe when he dares to speak off the cuff
. He is a good politician, in the non-insulting sense that he knows how to speak to individual Americans and give them the feeling he cares about their concerns."
Don't count on your ability speak off the cuff
(extemporaneously), and don't settle for one draft of writing.
Popes rarely speak off the cuff
, and when they do, pulse rates in Vatican offices head for the sky.
Many have criticised the pair, who appear to speak off the cuff
on topics raised by a studio audience, for working from a script.
In Aberdeen, he made the fatal mistake of dumping a sparkling speech to speak off the cuff
- producing a rambling mess.
Appearing to speak off the cuff
, he gave a stirring speech against library censorship: "Don't join the book burners....Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book, any document as long as it does not offend [y]our own ideas of decency." The nation could defeat communism, he said, only if citizens knew what it taught and why it had appeal.