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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)

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Diction check list

Diction Check List

"English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England!” –Homer Simpson

Diction definition
Diction definition

Author’s carefully selected words to produce a certain effect or meaning

Level of language
Level of Language

High/formal language

Middle/colloquial (this is where you need to be)


Connotative vs neutral
Connotative vs. Neutral

Connotation-emotional response a word uses

Denotation- dictionary meaning

Stand up quiz is the word positive negative or neutral
Stand up quiz: Is the word positive, negative, or neutral?







Is the word positive negative or neutral
Is the word positive, negative, or neutral?







Euphemistic wording
Euphemistic Wording

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 dialect
Regional Dialect

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…

Time period
Time Period


Archaic (old, out dated, unused)

Juxtaposition contrasting
Juxtaposition (contrasting)

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.

Juxtaposition continued
Juxtaposition continued…

  • Litote- an affirmation statement understated by placing NO or NOT in front

    Example: It was not pleasant picking up the dog poop 

  • Bathos- sudden drop in level

    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?

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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.

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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