Non-verbal communication

In class we discussed the power of language, using the phrase “like a girl” as and example of some
of the negative consequences of language. The purpose of this assignment is to have you examine some of
the unintentional potential effects of your own language and words you use.

  1. Observe your own language for 1-2 days and find at least three examples of words or phrases
    you use as “slang” or incorrectly. Using a word or phrase incorrectly is using the word as something other than
    it’s definition. Think of one in English, or in your language, that has both a positive and a negative connotation.
    Examples of popular words/phrases used incorrectly are: Like a girl, retarded, gay, bitch, etc. (make a mental
    note or write them down).
  2. Analyze the negative and positive definitions of the word by answering the following questions (separately
    for each word) in full-sentence, paragraph format. Write three paragraphs total, one for each word/phrase, and
    write an introduction, and a summary. You should have at least 5 paragraphs in all.:
    a. List the word and the denotative definition (Cite your source-Webster’s Dictionary? Miriam-Webster?
    b. List at least three “slang” ways the word is used (cite your sources), including how you used it.
    c. Does this language sensitive/inclusive, or not (page 48) and explain why it is that type of language.
    d. Identify at least one way you can improve using (using your example above) verbal messages effectively by
    explaining 1) the incorrect and correct method of using, 2) how you can use it, 3) how it will help you
    communicate more clearly.

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