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Tone Words

Morgan C., Sarah C., Hayden D., Andrea O., and Taylor T.
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Taylor Thomas

on 30 July 2014

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Transcript of Tone Words

Tone Words
Pedantic
excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning
Clinical: Lacking feeling or emotion

ex: Scientists generally base scientific hypotheses on previous observations that cannot satisfactorily be explained with the available scientific theories.
Effect in Literature: Authors use clinical tone and writing styles when writing biographies or other non-fiction works.
Indignant
Example:
The brother and sister played games
and joked with each other while they
played on the swing set together.
Benevolent
Facetious
Flippant
With good intentions, kind-hearted
Sarcastic, treating serious problems with humor
Inflammatory: Language that is not dry or neutral in tone. It can also be used to provoke the reader, such as an insult.

ex: Yelling "move!" in a crowded firehouse.
Effect in Literature: Inflammatory tone is most often seen in works of fiction. Text books and other factual writings do not have inflammatory tone because they are meant to inform and not provoke the reader.
Effect in Literature:
A benevolent tone in literature makes the reader more inclined to feel sympathetic or attached to the character or narrator. This is often helpful in character development and persuasive writing.
Example:
"Even in times of today, when one does not feel the need to go out of one's way for someone else, there are people who would. There are people who would be good to someone, share a smile with someone, care for someone and actually help someone, despite knowing that their act of kindness would be reciprocated with looks and feelings of suspicion." -Arti Honrao
Effect in Literature:
Facetious tones in writing are often useful towards the development of sarcasm and irony. However, some readers will view facetiousness differently than others. While some may find the humor to be enjoyable, others may see the work as repugnant.
Condescending
acting in a way that exposes a feeling of patronizing superiority
For Example
In Literature
Disrespectful and ignorant towards serious situations
In Literature
For Example
Pedantic can mean both exceedingly dull through specificity or exceedingly detail-oriented to an unbearable point.
A tone can be considered pedantic if:
Can be described as bombastic with a narrow focus
Goes in-depth to the finest details of details
Seems shallow through an attention to detail rather than seeing the bigger picture
A man is walking along the sidewalk when a homeless man interrupts him,
"Have you got any change?"
The man reminds the bum, with a smug grin,
"You know I used to be poor once, then I got a
job!
"
A condescending tone often makes the reader or others feel inferior through expressing a feeling of personal superiority.
A tone can be considered condescending if:
It acts pretentious or more important that might be understood
Portrays a smug or cocky attitude attempting to establish a sort of dominance
Makes the reader or others seem inferior
Example:
"It must pretty hard to write without your arms, haha"
A toddler brings their parent an abstract crayon picture labeled, "Dad"
The toddler asks, "Are you going to put this on the fridge?"
The father replies,
"This looks nothing like me, you got the hair all wrong and my skin is nowhere near that green. Why do I not have a nose? Take this back to school and ask for a worse grade"
Effect in Literature:
The use of flippancy in literature is effective in translating the hateful or ignorant emotions of the narrator or characters. The flippant tone can be a sign of jealousy, anger or careless emotions in a piece of writing.
Mock- Serious
Example:
"Some people say that I must be a horrible
person, but that's not true. I have the heart
of a young boy-- I keep it in a jar on my desk".
- Stephen King
Talk of exchange remarks in a good- humored, teasing way
Bantering
Example:
""Maybe if the unemployed got some jobs they wouldn't be so poor!"
A falsely serious act or appearance
Effect in Literature:
A bantering tone is useful when an author wishes to convey a playful connection or interaction between two or more characters.
Effect in Literature:
Mock- serious tones in are beneficial in
literature when an author is attempting
to give a serious situation a humorous
standpoint.
Patronizing
Feeling/showing anger or annoyance at what is perceived as unfair treatment
Treat with an apparent kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority
Example:
A child gets mad and throws a tantrum after his mom says no.
"Well that's not very nice"
"I'm fed up with your reading anyway..."
Effect in Literature:
An indignant tone is used when the author wants the reader to sympathize with the unjust treatment they have experienced. It focuses on the feelings of the author.
Effect in Literature:
A patronizing tone often makes the reader or others feel second-rate through expressing a feeling of personal superiority. The author belittles the reader while thinking that they are higher-up
Example:
“I'm sure you did your best even though you failed.”
You think you're in love...
Your patronizing mother just told me how "adequate" my dress is
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