Rant Is a Four-Letter Word
Something has happened. It wasn’t nice. It happened once too often. It happened to someone you care about. It needs to be addressed. You’re about to write something someone is going to read.
Before you write, check your emotions. They’re running high, aren’t they? Here’s what you need to do before you write.
Go to the local store. Buy 100 ballooons. Blow them up and pop them each one individually — one at a time — slowly savoring the noise. Or do something else that will open a steam valve: go running,
Whatever you do, please don’t write and rant. Rant is a four-letter word. You’ve read ’em. They’re deadly.
So, how come Dennis Miller can rant in public?
The Secret to Why Dennis Miller Can Rant in Public
Dennis Miller is known for his rants in public. No one can beat his ranting style. How is it that he can make a rant fun and funny? Get past Dennis, and I’ve never met a rant that couldn’t bore me or make me want to run away.
Just what is Dennis’ secret? Let’s take a look at what Dennis really does.
1. Dennis uses big vocabulary. Big vocabularly is fun, but there’s another thing that it brings. People usually don’t have feelings attached to less frequently used words. Call someone loud, vocal, noisy, and people might hear feelings. Say raucous, strident, vociferous, and people just hear words. Dennis doesn’t seem to be saying things meant to hurt.
2. Dennis seems to have no personal relationship to the places or people he talks about. He gives opinion and commentary, supported by facts and research. Watch a Dennis rant for an emotional listing of faults — you won’t find one.
3. Dennis knows that his purpose for being there is to inform and entertain. Every word, every look is polished and geared toward that. Dennis cares about his audience, not about getting things off his chest.
You know what that adds up to, don’t you?
The secret to why Dennis Miller can rant in public is that
Dennis Miller doesn’t rant — he only calls what he does a rant.
I thought it was time the secret was out.
Don’t write and rant — until you rant as well as Dennis Miller does.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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