I had been debating whether or not to write an article on the word debate because the meaning of debate is debatable. I didn't want to get into a debate about it, but you can debate the issue on many levels so I think I will. Debate is quite a versatile word that can be used as a verb or a noun. Merriam Webster defines debate as "the formal discussion of a motion before a deliberative body according to the rules of parliamentary procedure" and "a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides." It further defines it: * to contend in words * to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments * to argue about <the subject was hotly debated> * to engage (an opponent) in debate * to turn over in one's mind <he's still debating what to do> * a contention by words or argument. So debate can mean anything from an orchestrated and heavily regulated event where two sides formally discuss a particular political issue to a slight disagreement. The true meaning lies in the context of the communication. I'm working on a series of studies coming out in the next few weeks that discuss debate as it is used in various settings. Say What You Mean: Debating the Issues is my latest release talking about how to discuss political issues in a more familiar and conversational environment. I'm currently working on Say What You Mean: Avoiding, Reducing and Resolving Conflicts which is due to be in editing soon. And before January, I have plans to finally release my formal debate study. I'll be sharing more about them in the coming months. To give you a fun look at formal debate, I have included for your giggling pleasure a video clip from Welcome Back Kotter where the Sweathogs are entered in a formal debate. My book will be a bit more traditional in its approach.