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Diction

by on April 8, 2014

The right use of the right words

“The difference between the right word and almost the right word is the difference between the lightning and the lightning bug.” Mark Twain

Denotation – the dictionary definition of a word

Connotation – the common usage definition of a word

Jargon – words specific to a particular subject

Euphemism – kind or acceptable words for sensitive or difficult subjects

Colloquialism – informal words common to a particular region or dialect

Expletives – unnecessary, unacceptable words used to fill space or punctuate speech
“Feeble attempt of weak mind to express itself forcefully.”

Slang – careless or coarse words used for objects or people

Profanity – irreverent or desecrating words for God or religion

Obscenity – suggestive or morally unacceptable words not used by decent people

Vulgarity – coarse, crude and offensive words for body functions, etc.

Movies and books frequently use expletives in a gratuitous way

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
Brings forth good things, and
An evil man out of the evil treasure
Brings forth evil things.
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak,
They will give account of it in the day of judgment.
For by your words you will be justified, and
By your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 12:36-37

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