diction

Diction is the way you talk, that is, the way you enunciate or pronounce your words, and the words and phrases you choose to use.

If you've seen the musical "My Fair Lady," you know the character Eliza Doolittle struggles with her diction as her mentor tries to teach her to become a lady. Because of her accent, she has the most difficult time properly pronouncing even the most simple phrases, but in the end, she succeeds in saying things like the key phrase, "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain."

Definitions of diction
  1. noun
    the manner in which something is expressed in words
    synonyms: choice of words, phraseology, phrasing, verbiage, wording
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    types:
    mot juste
    the appropriate word or expression
    verbalisation, verbalization
    the words that are spoken in the activity of verbalization
    type of:
    expression, formulation
    the style of expressing yourself
  2. noun
    the articulation of speech regarded from the point of view of its intelligibility to the audience
    synonyms: enunciation
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    types:
    mumbling
    indistinct enunciation
    type of:
    articulation
    the aspect of pronunciation that involves bringing articulatory organs together so as to shape the sounds of speech
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