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delivery

noun

the way in which someone speaks in public

diction

noun

the choice of words used in a speech or piece of writing

flow

noun

a way of talking or thinking in an easy natural way, without any pauses or difficulties

fluency

noun

a clear and confident way of expressing yourself without seeming to make an effort

formality

noun

formal style of writing, behaving, etc.

formulation

noun

the way that an idea or opinion is expressed in words

fustian

noun

literary a speech or piece of writing that sounds impressive but is unimportant

gymnastics

noun

clever arguments or use of language

idiolect

noun

one person’s individual way of speaking or writing a language

monotone

noun

a way of talking that is boring because your voice does not change in loudness or become higher or lower

note

noun

a way of speaking or writing that shows what someone’s feelings are

oratory

noun

the skill of making effective and impressive public speeches

parlance

noun

formal a way of speaking or using words

pleonasm

noun

the use of more words than are necessary to say something

polemic

noun

formal the practice or skill of making strong statements of opinion, especially negative opinion

rhetoric

noun

a style of speaking or writing that is intended to influence people

rhetoric

noun

a style of speaking or writing that is intended to impress people but is not honest

rhetoric

noun

literature the art of using language in a way that is effective or that influences people

rhetorician

noun

formal someone who speaks and writes effectively, especially someone who is able to persuade or influence people

sensationalism

noun

a way of writing or talking about events that makes them seem as exciting or shocking as possible

sloganeering

noun

showing disapproval the use of slogans, especially by politicians who want to communicate a simple message that people will remember

spin

noun

informal a way of presenting information, especially a way that makes something seem good or less bad

talk

noun

a style of talking used by a particular group of people

tone

noun

the general attitude shown by a piece of writing

tongue

noun

a particular way of speaking or writing

verbiage

noun

formal written or spoken language that is long, boring, and unnecessary

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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