WRITING WORKSHOP-Style and Word Choice

WRITING WORKSHOP-Style and Word Choice - WRITING WORKSHOP...

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WRITING WORKSHOP – Style and Word Choice CORRECT, CLEAR, CONCISE – Make your words count! Correct o Avoid Clichés: Expressions that are familiar but have been used for a long time. These phrases are vague and not as meaningful as you might think. You are assuming that your reader knows what you mean. o Avoid Bias: Sexist language and racial, ethic, and religious categorizing is irrelevant in the workplace. Use non-sexist occupational descriptions in writing. o Use Words Accurately: Consult a dictionary when you are uncertain of the meaning of a word. Example: imply (to suggest or hint) and infer (to draw a conclusion based upon evidence). Clear o Don’t Use Vague Words: A vague word leaves your meaning up to interpretation because there is a broad range of meanings. Imprecise words include: nice, beautiful, important, good, bad, thing, fine. o Be specific. Ex. It was a meaningful meeting. -- Ask yourself, “What made the meeting meaningful?” o Choose Plain Words Over Fancy Words: Readers comprehend more rapidly. o
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course ENGL 1106 taught by Professor Srjacobson during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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