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The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Podium, Lectern

Most people say "podium" when they mean "lectern." One stands on a podium; one stands behind a lectern.

A podium is a raised platform. A speaker or conductor or performer stands on the podium for increased visibility.

The words lectern and lecture are both from the Latin legere, meaning "to read." Speakers delivering a lecture place their notes on the slanted surface of the lectern.

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