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Places are Funny

Sometimes the names of places can be funny. Cleveland sounds funny. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is funny. Seeing the humor in every aspect of life including names of streets or places are effective skills to learn during your public speaking course. I live just off Goodluck Road. That's funny. My computer consultant used to live on Easy Street in Temple Hills, Maryland. That's funny. It was hard to find him because people were always stealing the sign.

I guarantee that if you pick up any map that has city or street names on it, within a few seconds, you will find a funny sounding name. If you look at it for a few minutes, you'll probably find many. Once again doing research before you speak, say on the area of the talk, is an important skill to learn during your public speaking course.

I just picked up my road atlas and opened it to the USA and Canada maps in the front. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, almost jumped off the page and into my word processor. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, wasn't far behind along with Kalamazoo, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; Schenectady, New York; and one of my favorites, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Keep a growing list of these humorous names.

Now, I'm going to open the street map for Lanham, Maryland, where this brilliant article was created. I told you I live off Goodluck Road and I see that a few blocks away from my house is Elvis Lane in Presley Manor. About a mile away is Lois Lane (I guess Superman visits there regularly) and I recently did some work in Boniwood. That isn't funny to you, but it was a scream around our office because my assistant's name is Bonnie. Humor is literally waiting for you just around the corner! And as close as your road map.

Now I live in the Little Neck area, not far from Great Neck, Little Creek, Back Bay, and even Witchduck. That is where folks used to "duck", or what we call today "dunk", witches. But which witches? The Good Witch of the North, or the Wicked Witch of the West?

What you learn in my public speaking course can open a doorway to an unlimited number of funny names related to restaurants, hotels and stores like Piggly Wiggly, Kangaroo Katies, Motel 6, The Colonel's Kentucky Fried Chicken, and K Mart.

Open your eyes to the humor all around you.


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