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Types of Diction

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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.