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Mr. LATIMER: The president had taken a class at Yale about how to write a speech, and I forgot who the professor was, but there was a very strict way that we were supposed to do all the speeches - and I was told this a number of times when I came to the White House. And the Yale school of speechwriting was: you give an introduction, Point A, Point B, Point C, a prayeration(ph), and a conclusion.
GROSS: A prayeration is what? What's a prayeration?
Mr. LATIMER: I was just going to say I'm from Michigan, so you know, I never heard the word prayeration before. I didn't know. I think it's a summary of what the points were or something.
Matt Latimer: A speechwriter for George W. Bush. From Michigan.
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Quintilian: a Roman rhetorician, author of Institutio Oratoria, who knew from peroration.