Words Count - Chapter 18
Exercise 1

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Directions: Below are the ten words from Chapter 18. Each of the ten words is accompanied by three sentences that use a form of the word. Only one of these sentences uses the word correctly, the other two use it incorrectly. Read all three sentences. Then click the button to the left of the sentence that uses the word correctly.

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An utterer speaks with a distinct stammer.

To utter means to express oneself in writing.

Our professor likes to tease us and we cannot take every utterance of his at face value.



There are so many stars in the sky, it's impossible to enunciate them one by one.

An enunciation is a public dressing-down of a person.

The lecturer had important things to say, but because of her bad enunciation, people could not understand her.



Gibberish is the talk of highly specialized professionals like architects or engineers.

The plot of the film was so far-fetched to be almost gibberish.

The invaders showed their contempt for the natives by calling their talk gibberish.



Popular science writers must translate scientific jargon into common language.

Jargon is a French dialect.*

Foreign terms are jargon when they are difficult to pronounce.



In certain dialects in the U.S., "dog" is pronounced like "dahg" and in others like "dawg."

Dialect is just another word for accent.

Speaking a dialect means speaking bad English.



Had you followed my dictions, you would not have burnt the ribs.

Dictionaries are the best source for diction.

Informal diction is typical for e-mail, but not for articles in a scholarly journal.



Skilled orators sense the mood of the audience and adjust their speech accordingly.

An oration is a prayer spoken aloud.

The teacher orated the story of Benjamin Franklin and his kite in a lively manner.



He was articulate in stating his reasons and made no sense at all.

Given the ditsy blonde she plays in the series, I did not expect her to be so articulate in interviews.

As children learn to talk, they get less and less articulate.



As the repairman fixed the washing machine, he kept up a continuous monologue addressed at nobody in particular.

We had such a great monologue—we talked well into the night.

Monologues happen only in plays.



Tirades are typically delivered in a low, measured voice.

Countless people use the World Wide Web to publish tirades in which they announce their pet peeves to the world.

She answered his outburst with a calm tirade that brought him back to his senses.

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