Now let's step into the more challenging territory that words create. Look at two different ways a news organization might report an event.
See your mentor for the analysis, available at Lesson 2 of the Mentor Guidelines Web site.
Have your parents or guardians ever cautioned you against "strong language"? What words are off limits, and why?
Love and hate are often cited as examples of strong language. To say you have fallen in love with someone is quite a declaration, as is a declaration of hatred. Yet do you hear people say every day:
Then, they turn around and declare newfound love or hatred for something or someone else.
What other synonyms might a speaker or writer use instead? Discuss with your mentor why such words fit that description.
Experiment with general versus specific diction, biased versus more neutral diction, or stronger versus tamer language.
Head to the next page to see how Huck Finn is full of contentious language from another era that raises some readers' hackles. Note also that there are many readers who believe such language is crucial to the book's status as a classic.