Word Choice

Clarity & Precision

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Think of word choice as the seasoning in your favorite dish. Too much seasoning causes as much damage as too little. Your words should illuminate your ideas. Precision with word choice will help your ideas take flight!

Great Word Choice Resources

Awkward Wording/Awkward Phrasing

          • Word Choice- a great article from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Avoid colloquialisms like the plague! What's a colloquialism? This link from Chicago-Kent School of Law offers an example.

Help from our Library Media Center

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