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Diction & Syntax

Just word choice. That's all. Really, Butzu?

Arun Nagpal

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Diction & Syntax

Diction & Syntax This has to be the most... BORING RHETORICAL DEVICE!!! Ever.
Diction: DISTINCTIVE WORD CHOICE Definition freakin' (Dic-shun) Wikipedia.org
"Diction, pronounced (dic-shun) (Latin: dictionem (nom. dictio) "a saying, expression, word"),[1] in its original, primary meaning, refers to the writer's or the speaker's distinctive vocabulary choices Merriam-Webster
"choice of words especially with regard to correctness, clearness, or effectiveness" About.com (Grammar & Composition)
"The choice and use of words in speech or writing." Carson-Newman College: Dr. Wheeler's page
"The choice of a particular word as opposed to others." I think I'm sensing a pattern here... Raise your hand if you agree The average freshman/sophmore
"What's diction, oh... ummm... I think my teacher said something about word choice. I don't really know, I was looking at that one flexible-looking swimmer chick across the room. Which begs the question, why assign a term like this to a smartass like me? aleck Look! Definition of the Root Word! but, moving on... Example Sentences: (this word is only found as a noun)
Arun's diction is so casual; no one can take him seriously.
My five-year old cousin;s diction is better than his mom's. Do you think that's a bad thing? How it works in the real world:
Writers use diction to establish a tone, rhythm, position, or mood, among other things. I mean, its the choice of words they use, so it has a hand in EVERYTHING. Take my favorite columnist, Joel Stein. He's a satire writer, and a lot of the articles he writes in TIME Magazine concern himself. So, his word choice is very relaxed, like a conversation instead of a newscast, and he talks about sex a lot. Bazinga! *sigh* Let's get this over with. Watch the first 1:17 of each Literary Diction is a series of
D: Decisions that
I: Influence
C: Cadence
T: Tone
I: Inflection
O: Oratorical Value, and
N: Nature This was not as easy... ...to make a Prezi on. Syntax:
Grammatical Sentence Structure. God. Kill. Me. Now. Wikipedia.org
"the study of the principles and processes by which sentences are constructed..." Dictionary.com
"The study of the rules for the formation of grammatical sentences in a language." Literary-Devices.com
"refers to the actual way in which words and sentences are placed together in the writing." More Info:
Pronounciation [sin-taks]
Uses: Like diction, syntax is an integral part of writing. And when I say integral, I mean INTEGRAL. You can't write a sentence without using syntax, because that sentence has a structure, even if it's gibberish like, "Mitt Romney is the right choice for President." Example Sentence: The syntax of the governor's speech changed abruptly when the top 1% left the fundraiser. Note: This word only exists as a noun. LOL, can you imagine if I tried to "syntax" someone? Priceless. What is Syntax?
S: Structure
Y: You
N: Need
T: To
A: Achieve
X: ??? X-tra doubleplusgood sense Thank you DAMN much for watching my Prezi. Yeah, I know, it was pretty great, wasn't it?
But anyway, that is my... WORD OF THE DAY
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