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Transcript of Tone Words
Tone words modify the author's attitude; therefore, they must be adjectives.
Connotation: scathing, hostile
complaining in a petulant or whining manner
Connotation: childish, continuous
dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practicality rather than theory.
of high moral or intellectual value
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1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion
2. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation
Her querulous comments did not bother the teacher; however, he did call her mother to discuss the constant complaining.
The polemical essay attacked the Senator's view on the death penalty.
His pragmatic view of public education comes from years of working in city schools.
Elevated diction seems to attract some audiences who defer to the authoritative tone; however, elevated diction can distance an audience because some people feel as if the author is condescending.
exposing human folly (foolishness) to ridicule
social commentary through humor
Sometimes the satirical cartoons are offensive to the candidate running, but the opposition and his constituents usually find the cartoons humorous.