Analyzing Diction. Contributors: Mrs. Smith Miss Cullen. Diction , word choice , is the most powerful element of style for you to understand. Many words in our language have strong connotations and authors use them on purpose to elicit certain responses from the reader. Diction. Denotation.
The word obese , often used by medical personnel, has a more technical connotation. It carries a less emotional, more scientific emotional tag. Both plump and obese have the same literal definition, but the connotations are different. Connotation illustrates ways in which we use a word.
2. The specific choice of words for their meaning or for their connotation (associations and emotional overtones that have become attached to a word).
In “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King, Jr. writes in a relatively denotative formal style. His intellectual vocabulary contributes to a dignity of tone, while the lack of euphemism underscores the seriousness of his intention.