You know how when you’re the President of this International Women’s Club in England, and you’re asked to introduce a REAL Lord and Lady before they graciously speak to your club, after giving a private tour of their centuries old palatial family estate Highclere Castle?
Yes, you know the one — it’s featured on a hit TV show called Downton Abbey??
Right. So there you are standing in front of your club under a lovely marquee set up especially so you could all enjoy a private luncheon with champagne (!) on the grounds of their stunning family estate.
So just as you, the President, are mid- introduction of these ever so elegant if appropriately shy aristocrats, you allow yourself to be ever so slightly relieved having got through the correct pronunciation of their names (whew!). You feel you can let your guard down during your 2nd and final sentence because honestly how hard can this be?? All you’re going to say is something like, ‘What a great honor and a privilege it is to have Lord and Lady Carnarvon here to say a few words to the AWBS International Women’s Club about their exquisite family home, Highclere Castle’…
…Instead of saying that, words exit your mouth that have no relationship whatsoever to the grammar you actually learned in school. And worse, might even have sounded as if you were honored to welcome Lord and Lady Carnarvon to YOUR family home??
I know, right?!? Hate it when that happens!!