General Tips for Elevating Diction
- Eliminate colloquial language
- Eliminate slang
- Eliminate vague adjectives/adverbs
- Eliminate feeling words
- Eliminate over-explaining; don’t talk down to your audience.
- Eliminate platitudes/cliches/metaphors.
- Do elevate language to precise words, but do not just thesaurusize (should totally be a word).
- Use language that shows a sophisticated understanding of vocabulary. This may (and most often will) require specialized vocabulary of your topic.