Vocabulary for effect

Using Vocabulary for Effect

  • Vocabulary choice is crucial in communicating effectively and creating certain effects in writing. Your selection of words can significantly affect the reader’s perception and understanding.
  • Connotation refers to the associations or emotional overtones attached to a word beyond its literal meaning. Consider the connotations of words for intended effects; e.g. ‘snug’ may create a more positive emotional response compared to ‘small’.
  • Power verbs are words that depict action and draw attention. They can add energy to your writing and help make your point stronger. Examples may include ‘bolster’, ‘surge’, ‘plummet’, ‘gush’ etc.

Contextual Vocabulary

  • Using words that are appropriate to the context of your writing is key. Different situations, time periods, or characters may require different styles and sets of vocabulary.
  • Jargon refers to specialist words or expressions which relate to a particular profession or field. Effective use of jargon can enhance authenticity and precision in specific contexts.

Sensory Language

  • Using sensory language can make your writing more vivid and engaging. Words that describe taste, touch, sight, sound and smell can draw on readers’ own experiences and evoke strong reactions.
  • Figurative language is another impactful tool. Metaphors, similes, and personification can paint vivid images, creating deeper emotional resonance.

Expanding Your Vocabulary

  • Regular reading habit is one of the best ways to pick up new words. Read a variety of materials including novels, newspapers, magazines, and online articles, to gain exposure to different styles and vocabulary.
  • Practise using thesaurus to find synonyms - but remember to always make sure the chosen word fits the context of your writing.
  • Engage in word games and quizzes to facilitate memorisation of new words. Make learning fun and interactive.

Application and Audit

  • Experiment with new words in your writing. However, don’t use complicated words just for the sake of it; simplicity often works better.
  • Always review and proofread your work to ensure correct and effective use of vocabulary. Misused words can alter meaning and confuse readers.
  • Take note of feedback on your language use from teachers or peers. Constructive criticism helps learn from mistakes and improve your vocabulary usage.