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More About Language

CatintheHatLanguage refers to characteristics of the body of words used (slang, jargon, scholarly language, etc.)

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. How could the language be described?
  2. How does the language affect your mood as a reader?
  3. What does the language seem to indicate about the author’s tone?

Some words to describe language:

Artificial false Literal apparent, word for word
Bombastic pompous, ostentatious Moralistic puritanical, righteous
Colloquial vernacular Obscure unclear
Concrete actual, specific, particular Obtuse dull-witted, undiscerning
Connotative alludes to; suggestive Ordinary everyday, common
Cultured cultivated, refined, finished Pedantic didactic, scholastic, bookish
Detached cut-off, removed, separated Plain clear, obvious
Emotional expressive of emotions Poetic lyric, melodious, romantic
Esoteric understood by a chosen few Precise exact, accurate, decisive
Euphemistic insincere, affected Pretentious pompous, gaudy, inflated
Exact verbatim, precise Provincial rural, rustic, unpolished
Figurative serving as illustration Scholarly intellectual, academic
Formal academic, conventional Sensuous passionate, luscious
Grotesque hideous, deformed Simple clear, intelligible
Homespun folksy, homey, native, rustic Slang lingo, colloquialism
Idiomatic Peculiar, vernacular Symbolic representative, metaphorical
Insipid uninteresting, tame, dull Trite common, banal, stereotyped
Jargon vocabulary for a profession Informal casual, relaxed, unofficial
Learned educated, experienced Vulgar coarse, indecent, tasteless

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