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Diction (word choice) in action

1. Defining Our Terms

1. Defining Our Terms: As our textbook explains, today, perhaps more than ever before, we need clear definitions to help us make intelligent choices. For example, what is the difference between a "freedom fighter" and a "terrorist"?

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1. Defining Our Terms: As our textbook explains, today, perhaps more than ever before, we need clear definitions to help us make intelligent choices. For example, what is the difference between a "freedom fighter" and a "terrorist"?

The answer to this question can be approached in two ways. First, the difference between the two terms depends upon which side of the argument the speaker is placed. If the speaker is one of the oppressed minority, or sympathesizes with them, they would choose the term freedom fighter. If the speaker is one of the attacked majority, or harbors no respect or sympathy for the other side of the argument, the term chosen would be terrorist. Secondly, this question can be answered technically, in referring to the difference in the two terms based upon their inference, or nuance, in meaning, This is called in English "diction" and it underscores how very important word choice can be.
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Analysis of two similar terms in light of the nuance, or difference in meaning (positive/negative connotation) expressed by each term. Examples.

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