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    • Diction Project Whitney Kristen Lexi Brendan Sean
    • Vulgarity
      • Language that is deficient in taste.
      • Example: “I am preparing a bomb, which will blow the old goat higher than hell” (Catbird Seat; Thurber, 5).
    • Consonance
      • A near rhyme that consists of identical consonant sounds followed by different vowel sounds.
      • Example: home, same; worth, breath.
    • Pedestrian vs. Pedantic
      • Everyday language vs. borish inflated language
      • Example: “Each of these files plays an indispensable part in the system of F&S.” vs. “Well don’t tear up the pea patch!” (The Catbird Seat; Thurber, 2).
    • Informal/Standard
      • Represents the plain language of everyday use, and often includes slang, contractions, and many simple, common words.
      • Example: “What’s up dude.”
    • Formal (Literate)
      • Consists of an impersonal and elevated use of language and is often characterized by complex words.
      • Example: “How are you.”
      • “ Friend.”
    • Euphonious vs. Cacophonous
      • Pleasant sounding vs. harsh sounding
      • Ex. Her singing voice was euphonious, she did not hit a wrong note
      • Ex. The cacophonous music coming from the band room was painful to those who passed by.
    • Literal vs. Figurative
      • Accurate without embellishments vs. comparison creating a pictorial effect
        • Ex. She is as pretty as a rose.
    • Cliché
      • Figurative language that has lost its freshness and clarity
        • Ex. “Doesn’t even lift a finger”
          • For Esme ~ J.D. Salinger
    • Denotative vs. Connotative
      • Exact meaning vs. suggested, emotional meaning
        • “ What is a name. That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”
          • Romeo and Juliet
    • Hyperbole (overstated) vs. Understated
      • Deliberate exaggeration of facts vs. deliberate misrepresentation of less
        • Ex. “I’d become addicted to reading bulletin boards.”
          • For Esme ~ J.D. Salinger
    • Colloquial
      • Regional or provincial
        • Ex. Rubbers
    • Slang
      • Vernacular speech sometimes humorous, exaggerated, or shortened for effect
      • Ex. Cool, awesome, fun, dope
    • Jargon
      • Specific to a field or profession
        • Ex. Football jargon: tackle, fumble, blitz, field goal, touch down
    • Alliteration
      • Repetition of initial consonate sound in closely associated words
        • Ex. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
        • Ex. No nonsense near noon
        • Ex. Opposites only open oppositely
    • Objective/Subjective Diction • Objective diction is impersonal diction that is without emotion. • Subjective Diction is diction that shows emotion and is personal. Ex: “Lissa was full-out crying now, her face buried in my shoulder.” -This Lullaby , Sarah Dessen
    • Mono/Poly Syllabic Diction
      • Mono syllabic diction is diction using one syllable.
      • Ex: “big blonder hair.”- This Lullaby , Sarah Dessen
      • • Poly syllabic diction is diction using more than one syllable.
    • Active/ Passive Diction
      • Active diction is diction that states action.
      • Ex: “She laughed louder than ever.”- The Catbird Seat ,
      • James Thurber
      • • Passive diction is diction that states being.
    • Concrete/Abstract Diction
      • Concrete diction is giving a description of something specific and tangible.
      • Ex. “Sitting in his apartment, drinking a glass of milk.”
      • - The Catbird Seat , James Thurber
      • • Abstract Diction is showing something that is conceptional and philisophical.
    • Assonance
      • An assonance is the repetition of a similar vowel sound in closely associated words.
      • Ex. “Hear the mellow wedding bells.” -Edgar Allen Poe “The Bells”
    • Work Cited Page
      • Romeo and Juliet ~ Shakespeare
      • The Catbird Seat ~ James Thurber
      • For Esme ~ J.D. Salinger
      • This Lullaby ~ Sarah Dessen