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Appropriate language

Appropriate language

Author: Anna Overbo
Description:
  1.  

    Introduce pretentious language and how to avoid it.

  2.  

    Introduce jargon and how to avoid it.

  3.  

    Introduce clichés and how to avoid them.

 

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English writing styles and who is confused about how to use appropriate language. It will explain how to use appropriate language for academic papers. 

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Tutorial

Pretentious Language

 

pre-ten-tious:  adjective \pri-'ten(t)-sh∂s\
 
1: characterized by pretension:
a: making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing)
 
b: expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature

Jargon

 

jar-gon:  noun \'jär-g∂n, -gän\
1:  a: confused unintelligible language
2:  the technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group
 

 

Cliché

 

cli-ché:  noun  \klē-shā, kli-'\

 

1:  a trite phrase or expression; also: the idea expressed by it

2:  a hackneyed theme, characterization, or situation

 

George Orwell's fabulous essay on this subject, "Politics and and the English Language"

Appropriate Language Narrated Powerpoint!

Fun and exciting display of Pretentiousness, Cliches, and Jargon! With a little George Orwell thrown in!