Your diction is simply your choice of words.
There is no single, correct diction in the
English language; instead, you choose different words or phrases for
- To a friend
- "a screw-up"
- To a child
- "a mistake"
- To the police
- "an accident"
- To an employer
- "an oversight"
All of these expressions mean the same thing -- that is, they
have the same denotation -- but you would not likely
switch one for the other in any of these three situations: a police
officer or employer would take "screw-up" as an insult, while your
friends at the bar after a hockey game would take "oversight" as
This topic includes:
- Catch Phrases
- Connotations and Denotations
- Review: Diction