The right words

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  • 1. Searching for the right words… Our awareness of Sociolect means we constantly search our language resources for the most appropriate forms of expression.
  • 2. Could I borrow your phone for a minute?
    • Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories:
    • Inarticulate
    • Apologetic
    • Evasive
    • Definitive
    • Excuses
    • Cliches/Euphemism
  • 3. Could I borrow your phone for a minute?
    • Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories:
    • Inarticulate – ah, oh
    • Apologetic – can’t help, sorry, I’m afraid…
    • Evasive – Must dash, not right now, thing is…
    • Definitive – no way, no chance, not in a million years, fat chance, push off, you are kidding
    • Excuses – if I had credit, I’m not on contract, so-and-so’s waiting for me
    • Cliches/Euphemism – chance would be a fine thing, dream on, pull the other one
  • 4. It’s natural
    • Saying no to a four year old asking for another biscuit:
    • You’ve just had one
    • It’ll be tea time soon
    • Ask Daddy
    • I haven’t heard the magic word yet
  • 5. Taboo and Euphemism – are you ready? Taboo – Noun: A custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. Adjective: Prohibited or restricted by custom. Euphemism - Noun: A mild or indirect word or expression for one too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
  • 6. Group the words you’re holding into the following categories…
    • Medical/technical
    • Polite/formal
    • Casual/slang
    • Which words are acceptable in a classroom environment?
  • 7.