By Judgeisalwaysright - United States - Chesterfield
Today, while at a big speech and debate tournament, I corrected the judge's use of the word "podium" instead of lectern, because that's what my debate coach had told me was the correct usage. Well, she didn't take it too well and neither did my partner. Or my debate coach. FML
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I'm a debater. The first thing a good coach will teach you is to never risk offending a judge. Don't do anything they might not like because they are the sole decider in your round performance. If you piss a judge off, there is nothing at all stopping them from making you lose out of spite. No accountability, no complaints, nothing. OP is either very new or a terrible debater if they don't know that.

  dcam13  |  19

don't correct the people above you, plane and simple. lol I'm assuming your one of those people that hangs around comment sections and corrects people on they're use of words, like your/you're. bare in mind, nobody likes being corrected, especially when their you're superior to.

(bahahah I am cringing so hard while writing this. sorry grammar nazi's, it was hard for me too.)


Judges are often idiots that know nothing. That doesn't change the fact that they decide if you win or not and the fact that there is nothing you can do unless it is a very, very, very serious tournament. YDI for not knowing that the judge is king or queen. Nothing about respect, just the fact that they are the sole decider of your round results.

By  lolhailsatan  |  23

Yeah if someone is judging you and scoring your ability to do something, it's obvious that it's probably not best to correct them in front of everyone else... not like their incorrect use of the word would affect how well you can debate. Especially because the two words are so close in meaning, not like anyone could get confused because of a simple word mix-up.

By  itsme82  |  18

To be honest.. I'm not impressed either. You can't correct some people in life. As much as it sucks, sometimes we have to let people be ignorant in their own stupidity. Don't beat yourself up tho op. Consider it a life lesson.

  TheMathMajor  |  26

I think it would come off as super arrogant no matter how he said it, just because it's such a pedantic correction and to someone who is judging them at a competition. Not a smart move at all.

By  elcee1987  |  18

That's not even an important correction to make. If the judge had given the wrong rule or incorrect time or something, sure, speak up. But podium vs lectern? YDI dude