It really behooves me to tell you about today’s word of the day. As you may have guessed, it is behoove. According to Merriam-Webster.com, behoove means, to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for.
At Toastmasters, one of the objectives of the word of the day (besides expanding our vocabulary) is to use it throughout the meeting. I always find it a major triumph when I can work it in! Often enough, I get excited to use it when the word is first introduced, but then when its my turn to speak, I forget it. Anyway, I did manage to use behoove today (twice even!). My role today was that of evaluator & I said that, “as an evaluator, it behooves me to critique your speech. ” I found some other good uses of behoove in the comments on the dictionary site. Here’s one from a user called Advanced course English Words, Slang and expressions: “under the bad circumstances it behooves all of us to stay calm.” (that was one of my favorites because it reminds me of the “keep calm & carry on” posters). Another user, Shane Bales, said that, “it behooved me to look it up,” which gave me a little chuckle.
I’m glad I was reminded about the word behoove this week & hope to use it more often.