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Diction and Connotation. Huh? . Diction . Diction has to do with the author’s word choice. What words are he/she choosing to get his/her point across? Denotation: This is the LITERAL meaning of a word. Dictionary definition

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Diction
Diction

  • Diction has to do with the author’s word choice.

    • What words are he/she choosing to get his/her point across?

  • Denotation: This is the LITERALmeaning of a word.

    • Dictionary definition

  • Connotation: Ideas or feelings that a word creates inside the reader.

  • Levels of Diction:

    • Formal

    • Informal

    • Slang/Colloquial

      • HOW DOES DICTION AFFECT TONE?


Levels of diction
Levels of Diction

  • Formal: Elevated/archaic

  • Informal: Standard language

  • Slang/Colloquial: Low diction (ultra informal)

  • If you were addressing your boss in an email, you would most likely use…

  • If you were sending a text to your girlfriend/boyfriend, you would most likely use…

  • If you were talking to your parents, you would most likely use…



You may live in a house but we live in a home
You may live in a house, but we live in a home.


The denotation literal meaning of home and house roughly a dwelling place
The denotation (literal meaning) of home and house = roughly “a dwelling place”


What do you think of when you hear
What do you think of when you hear…

House Home

Maybe… Maybe…

**Roof **Comfort

**Structure **Love

**Place where people **Security

live **Privacy

**Warmth

Think about this: What do you think it means when realtors use the word home more frequently than they do house?


Positive and negative connotation
Positive and Negative Connotation

Negative Neutral Positive

Chick Woman Lady


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