Loaded Language: Definition and Examples

Loaded Language: Definition and Examples

“Loaded language” describes words or phrases that imply more than their literal meanings. It is used to elicit a strong emotional response, whether positive or negative, from the reader or listener. People are largely driven by their emotions. As such,...
Contronyms: Words with Contrasting Meanings

Contronyms: Words with Contrasting Meanings

Contronyms (also called autoantonyms and Janus words) are words with two meanings that contradict each other. Think of them as a combination of a homonym (words with similar spelling or pronunciation) and an antonym (words with opposite meaning). A contronym is...
Metonymy: Definition and Examples

Metonymy: Definition and Examples

Metonymy is a literary device wherein you refer to an idea or object by using another idea or object closely associated with that word. In the literal sense, metonymy means “a change of name.”  For example, a metonymy for the movies is “silver screen,” a term...
Determiners: What They Are and How to Use Them

Determiners: What They Are and How to Use Them

When communicating in English, you may notice that not all words fall neatly into the eight parts of speech (which are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections).  One of these words that falls outside those eight...