Diction Check List. "English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England!” –Homer Simpson. Diction definition. Author’s carefully selected words to produce a certain effect or meaning. Level of Language. High/formal language Middle/colloquial (this is where you need to be)
Diction Check List
"English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England!” –Homer Simpson
Author’s carefully selected words to produce a certain effect or meaning
Middle/colloquial (this is where you need to be)
Connotation-emotional response a word uses
Denotation- dictionary meaning
Euphemism- a less unpleasant way of saying something unpleasant
Example: You don’t want to say… The battle field was strewn with blood and you could smell death.
Instead you would say… These were the casualties of war.
Regional or social variety of language or language particular to members of a group, ethnicity, etc.
Example: “mistuh” “the loo” “wazup”
Give me an example…
Archaic (old, out dated, unused)
Puns- words with double meanings are interchanged
Example: He made a grave mistake and ended up dead.
Example: All Greeks hated outsiders.
Example: That hurricane was a bit windy.
Example: It was not pleasant picking up the dog poop
Example: He was the ascending employee: unctuous, fastidious, ever dutiful to his esteemed employer. In short, he was a suck up.
Paradox- a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true
a self-contradictory statement that at first seems true
an argument that apparently derives self-contradictory conclusions by valid deduction from acceptable premises
Example: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
Epithet -A term used to characterize a person or thing, such as rosy-fingered in rosy-fingered dawn or the Great in Catherine the Great.
- A term used as a descriptive substitute for the name or title of a person, such as The Great Emancipator for Abraham Lincoln.
Apostrophe- directly addressing a person or idea which isn’t present
“Hello darkness my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again.”
-“Sound of Silence” Beatles
Allegory- a fable or short moral story (often animals are the characters)
Animal Farm or Aesop’s Fable’s