CHAPTER12

Choosing the Right Words: Diction

In This Chapter

  • How to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  • The difference between connotation and denotation
  • Using slang and jargon in your writing
  • The dangers (and uses) of clichés and euphemisms
  • Eggcorns and other similar-sounding words

People often feel choice fatigue when buying a cup of coffee. There are so many sizes, lattes, sugar substitutes, and flavors that it’s hard to know what you want.

Choice fatigue is much worse with words. Words are your friends, but they are numerous friends who can be overwhelming. Writing can feel like being at a party with a million people.

When you flip through a ...

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