Word Choice

Word choice is a big topic for discussion. Just thinking about choosing and using the right words for an essay, manuscript or report can be as overwhelming as reading the dictionary itself. For as many words as there are in a dictionary, that's how many word choices a writer has. And dictionaries don't include all slang or colloquial words (which we typically don't use in academic writing anyway). Further, modern dictionaries change as new words or new forms of words are added. Some words are promoted from slang or are added due to technological influences that have become a major part of our everyday lives. For instance, it wasn't long ago when the verb "google" didn't exist. Hang on...just let me google the word "google" to double check that. While I'm busy googling, here are some tools to help you make good word choices:

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  • Glossary of Correct Usage..............................page 28
  • Wordiness and Preciseness......................page 33
  • Redundancy....................page 35
  • Jargon, Slang, & Euphemisms....................page 35
  • Sexist Language..............page 36

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