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Word Choice Matters

Word Choice Matters

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  1. Word Choice Matters Denotation, Connotation, Euphemisms & Clichés

  2. Denotation • Dictionary meaning • No emotional attachment • Basic whole meaning • Neutral

  3. Connotation • Value a word holds • Emotional conveyance • Can be positive or negative • Implies value or judgment

  4. Euphemisms • Words or phrases to make something sound less harsh, bad, or offensive • Can be unclear • Can muddy the true meaning • Can be deceptive

  5. P.C. Terminology • Like euphemisms, can be used for good or evil • May be vague • May not convey true meaning

  6. Idioms • A phrase that does not mean what it actually says • Under the weather • A couple of sandwiches short of a picnic • To throw in the towel

  7. Clichés • Common or well-know phrase • Over-used • Heard it before • Life is like… Clichés

  8. slang • In a state of constant change • Dates writing

  9. Language is Manipulation • Advertising • Legal issues (spin) • Pass judgment • Beware the fallacy – more on those later…

  10. Name or explain • As luck would have it • cliché

  11. Name or explain • To get out of hand • Idiom • To allow a situation to get out of control

  12. Name or explain • Visually impaired • PC Language • Blind

  13. Name or explain • Kick the bucket • Euphemism • Died

  14. Name or explain • Bonkers • Slang • Crazy

  15. Name or explain • Correctional facility • PC Language • Prison

  16. Name or explain • The clink • Slang • Prison

  17. Name or explain • Firefighter, Police Officer, Flight Attendant • PC Language • Gender-Neutral terms

  18. Name or explain • Zip • Slang • Nothing