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Chapter 23. Diction: Find the Right Word... > Diction: Proper Words in Proper Plac... - Pg. 231

Diction: Find the Right Word, Not Its First Cousin Levels of Language Very formal Legal documents Technical reports Job applications Letters/resumés Scientific magazine articles Political speeches Sermons Newspaper editorials Newspaper columns Letters of complaint Press releases Sales and marketing letters E-mail (depending on content) Popular magazine articles Very informal Notes to friends 231 Let's look at the different levels of diction in more detail, starting at most formal and working to the least formal. Elevated Diction The most elevated level of diction has abstract language, a serious tone, few personal references, few contractions, and considerable distance implied between reader and writer. It's used for the