Your vocabulary as the word suggests involves anything and everything you say — vocalise.
This aspect of English is very important both in written and spoken communication as well as to both native and nonnative speakers of the English language.
It is on this note that I’d decided to intimate you (my dear reader) on this aspect of the language.
The importance of vocabulary was brought to the fore recently when a young man walked up to me requesting that I read an essay he’d written. Ordinarily I’d say No but his piety and manner of approach got me. He was a gemstone of politeness.
After I’d perused the piece, one thing struck out. He was a young writer. His voice was shaky. How did I know?
This brings me back to vocabulary.
Forgetting everything else your High school teacher of English has taught you, vocabulary is about one thing — diction.
No, it’s not just about about your diction, I know, but other aspects such as the lexis that deals with punctuations and the structure that deals with how sentences are arranged and structured, however, all these aspects can be effectively covered by diction.
So let’s talk about diction?
Simply put, diction in vocabulary is word choice.
It determines your intonation, it conveys your mood and communicates your exact expressions to your reader.
Just as body language helps facilitate your spoken communication, your word choice helps facilitate your written English. It helps you speak in volumes saying more than you would have done hitherto.
Building your vocabulary is very important aspect of your writing life. Paying attention to your diction is your one way ticket to successful written communication.
In writing, what you say is as important as what words you use to say it.
Question: what’s your take on the position of diction in vocabulary development aspect of your writing? Tell us by leaving a comment.
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