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Origin of diction
Examples from the Web for diction
The diction is simple, the humor is soft and his subjects deal with the relatable details of daily life.
The prime minister has also reportedly paid for diction lessons to smooth out her rough Neapolitan accent.
This is yet another masterpiece, even though the tone and diction are all wrong, and the proportions totally off.Joseph Roth’s Letters Reveal a Great Forgotten Writer|Anthony Heilbut|February 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
There was a British woman with a mike who sounded smarter than everyone else, due to her Oxford diction.
They are noteworthy for their simplicity of diction and uniform quality of directness.Successful Methods of Public Speaking|Grenville Kleiser
But it is not true that music, to be real music, demands a Swinburnian diction.How Music Developed|W. J. Henderson
Colonel Kemyss, of the 40th Regiment, was remarkable for the studied pomposity of his diction.Anecdotes of the Great War|Carleton Britton Case
In his diction and metre, on the other hand, he is comparatively careless.Biographia Literaria|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Perhaps there do exist some things which cannot be made poetical in any diction whatsoever.Platform Monologues|T. G. Tucker
Word Origin for diction
1540s, "a word;" 1580s, "expression of ideas in words," from Late Latin dictionem (nominative dictio) "a saying, expression, word," noun of action from dic-, past participle stem of Latin dicere "speak, tell, say" (source of French dire "to say"), related to dicare "proclaim, dedicate," from PIE root *deik- "to point out" (cf. Sanskrit dic- "point out, show," Greek deiknynai "to prove," Latin digitus "finger," Old High German zeigon, German zeigen "to show," Old English teon "to accuse," tæcan "to teach").
The choice of words. Diction is effective when words are appropriate to an audience. A man might refer to his car as his “wheels” in casual conversation with a friend, but if he were writing an essay for a group of economists, he would write, “People base their decision to buy an automobile on the following considerations,” not “People base their decision to buy wheels on the following considerations.”