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Diction definitions for Lang and Comp

Slang

Refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal situations.

Colloquial Expressions

Non standard, usually regional. Ways of using language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing. (Y'all)

Jargon

Words and expressions characteristic of a particular trade, profession and pursuit.

Dialect

A nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammar features. Writers often use regional dialects or dialects that reveal a person's economic or social class.

Concrete Diction

Specific words that describe physical qualities or
conditions.

Abstract Diction

Refers to language that denotes ideas, emotions,
conditions, or concepts that are intangible.

Connotation

The implicit rather than explicit meaning of a word; consists
of the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word.

Denotation

The exact, literal definition of a word independent of any
emotional association or secondary meaning.

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