What is Elocution really?
Elocution means different things to different people - and not all of them helpful! You might have images of Eliza Doolittle or the BBC English of Harry Enfield's Mr Cholmondley Warner, but that’s not what it’s really about.
Elocution is simply the skill of clear and expressive speech. It comes from the latin eloqui, which just means ‘speak out’, and which is also the root of our word ‘eloquence’.
Far from being outdated then, in our modern world where our personal impact and ability to communicate are increasingly important, more and more people are recognising that this skill of clear and expressive speech is essential in their everyday lives.