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Appropriate language

Appropriate language

Author: Anna Overbo

    Introduce pretentious language and how to avoid it.


    Introduce jargon and how to avoid it.


    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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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



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




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!