Entertainment / Literature / Diction: The choice of a particular word as opposed to others. A writer could call a rock formation by many words--a stone, a boulder, an outcropping, a pile of rocks, a cairn, a mound, or even an 'anomalous geological feature.' The analytical reader then faces tough questions. Why that particular choice of words? What is the effect of that diction? The word choice a writer makes determines the reader's reaction to the object of description, and contributes to the author's style and tone. Compare with concrete diction and abstract diction, above. It is also possible to separate diction into high or formal diction, which involves elaborate, technical, or polysyllabic vocabulary and careful attention to the proprieties of grammar, and low or informal diction, which involves conversational or familiar language, contractions, slang, elision, and grammatical errors designed to convey a relaxed tone.
Diction Adjective Synonyms: language, wording, (verbal or writing) style, expression,age, expressiveness, terminology, word choice, vocabulary, phraseology, phrasing, rhetoric
Diction Noun Synonyms: articulation, pronunciation, enunciation, delivery, elocution, oratory, presentation, speech, intonation, inflection
Entertainment / Literature / Concrete Diction - Concrete Imagery: Language that describes qualities that can be perceived with the five senses as opposed to using abstract or generalized language. For instance, calling a fruit 'pleasant' or 'good' is abstract, while MORE
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