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1 Section Header Personal Word List Your Mission, should you choose to accept it - The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Good Word Choice!

2 VOICE The Key to Great Essays! Establish personality with your VOICE Personal Word List The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.

3 Writing is a series of choices. As you work on a paper, you choose your topic, your approach, your sources, and your thesis; when its time to write, you have to choose the words you will use to express your ideas and decide how you will arrange those words into sentences and paragraphs. As you work on a paper, you choose your topic, your approach, your sources, and your thesis; when its time to write, you have to choose the words you will use to express your ideas and decide how you will arrange those words into sentences and paragraphs.

4 Section Header Personal Word List The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. As you revise, you make more choices. Ask yourself: Is this really what I mean? Will readers understand this? Does this sound good? Finding words that capture your meaning and convey that meaning to your readers is challenging. When your teachers write comments like awkward, vague, or wordy on your essay, they are letting you know that they want you to work on word choice.

5 Personal Word List The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug. Difficulties with Word Choice arent the only cause of awkwardness, vagueness, or other problems with clarity. Sometimes a sentence is hard to follow because there is a grammatical problem with it or because of the syntax (the way the words and phrases are put together).

6 Section Header Personal Word List Heres an example: Having finished with studying, the pizza was quickly eaten. This isnt hard to understandeverybody knows what studying, pizza, and eating are. The problem is readers naturally assume that first bit of the sentence (Having finished with studying) goes with the next noun that follows itthe pizza! It doesnt make sense to imply that the pizza was studying. What I was actually trying to express was this: Having finished with studying, the students quickly ate the pizza.

7 Section Header Personal Word List Questions to ask yourself Am I sure what each word I use really means? Am I positive, or should I look it up? Have I found the best word or just settled for the most obvious, or the easiest, one? Am I trying too hard to impress my reader? Whats the easiest way to write this sentence? (Sometimes it helps to answer this question by trying it out loud. How would you say it to someone?) What are the key ideas of my argument?

8 Section Header Personal Word List Choose 24 new vocabulary words to incorporate into your writing. Define each word List 2 synonyms for each word List 1 antonym for each word Write a sentence using the new word. PersonalDictionary

9 Section Header Personal Word List Heres an example: ENIGMA (noun) one that is puzzling, ambiguous or inexplicable; a perplexing speech or text; a riddle. 1.Define – one that is puzzling, ambiguous or inexplicable; a perplexing speech or text; a riddle. 2. Synonyms – puzzle, riddle, ambiguity 3. Antonym – explicit, certain 4. Sentence – Her unusual actions were an enigma to me.

10 Section Header Personal Word List Heres an example: ODYSSEY (noun) – an extended adventurous voyage or trip; an intellectual or spiritual quest 1. Define – an extended adventurous voyage or trip; an intellectual or spiritual quest journey, trek, expedition, 2. Synonyms – journey, trek, expedition, quest quest – NONE 3. Antonym – NONE Suddenly, my ordinary summer vacation became an odyssey. 4. Sentence – Suddenly, my ordinary summer vacation became an odyssey..

11 Section Header Personal Word List Heres an example: GLIMPSE 1.Define – (noun) a brief, incomplete view or look (verb) glimpses, glimpsed, glimpsing – to obtain a brief, incomplete view or look 2. Synonyms – glance, blink 3. Antonym – study glimpsed 4. Sentence – As he glimpsed in my direction, the blood rushed to my face revealing my embarrassment.

12 Section Header Personal Word List Heres an example: LOATHE (verb) 1.Define – to dislike (someone or something) greatly 2. Synonyms – abhor, hate, despise 3. Antonym – admire, adore, love loathe 4. Sentence – I loathe Mexican food.

13 Personal Word List Dead Some words in the English language tend to be overused and therefore lose their power. These are called Dead Words. Eliminating DeadDead Words

14 Section Header Personal Word List Dead Eliminate Dead Words & Use More Descriptive Synonyms Also Also: too, moreover, besides, as well as, in addition to Awesome, Cool Awesome, Cool: fine, wonderful, marvelous, fantastic Scared Scared: afraid, fearful, terrified, frightened Have to Have to: need to, must Like Like: such as, similar to, similarly

15 Section Header Personal Word List Dead Eliminate Dead Words & Use More Descriptive Synonyms Very Very: extremely, exceedingly, fantastically, unusually, incredibly, intensely, truly, fully, especially, shockingly, bitterly, immeasurably, infinitely, severely, surely, mightily, powerfully, chiefly Kid Kid: child, boy, girl, youngster, youth, student

16 Section Header Personal Word List Dead Eliminate Dead Words & Use More Descriptive Synonyms Mad Mad: angry, frustrated, furious, incensed, enraged Got, Get Got, Get: received, obtained, attained, succeed in Then Then: next, later, finally, afterward, meanwhile, soon Nice Nice: pleasant, charming, fascinating, captivating, delightful, pleasurable, pleasing

17 Section Header Personal Word List Dead Eliminate Dead Words & Use More Descriptive Synonyms Good Good: excellent, exceptional, fine, marvelous, splendid, superb, wonderful But But: however, moreover, yet, still, nevertheless, though, although, on the other hand Awful Awful: dreadful, alarming, frightful, terrible, horrid, shocking

18 Section Header Personal Word List Dead Eliminate Dead Words & Use More Descriptive Synonyms Great Great: wonderful, marvelous, fantastic Guy Guy: man, person, fellow, boy Funny Funny: amusing, comical, laughable, jovial

19 Personal Word List Eliminating DeadDead Words Dead Synonyms Another method to identify Dead Words and make a list of appropriate Synonyms is to make a Word Web Word Web.

20 Section Header Personal Word List Eliminate DeadDead Words Evaluate your writing Identify words that are commonly used: a lot said very really bad good like Replace these words with synonyms

21 Section Header Personal Word List Word Webs Dead Create Word Webs forDead Words portion bulk batch various abundant plentiful bountiful numerous many a lot

22 Section Header Personal Word List Word Webs Dead Create Word Webs forDead Words expressed accounted mentioned uttered articulated announced screamed whispered mumbled said

23 Section Header Personal Word List Word Webs Dead Create Word Webs forDead Words deeply amply acutely decidedly largely absolutely certainly highly notably very

24 Section Header Personal Word List Word Webs Dead Create Word Webs forDead Words beyond doubt actually assuredly admittedly undoubtedly categorically certainly genuinely honestly really


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