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Diction # 4Diction # 4 They scuttled for days and days and days till they came to a great forest, ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly,…
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Diction # 4Diction # 4
  • They scuttled for days and days and days till they came to a great forest, ‘sclusively full of trees and bushes and stripy, speckly, patchy-blatchy shadows, and there they hid: and after another long time, what with standing half in the shade and half out of it, and what with the slippery-slidy shadows of the trees falling on themn, the Giraffe grew blotchy, and the Zebra grew stripy, and Eland the Koodo grew darker….
  • Rudyard Kipling, “How the Leopard Got His Spots”
  • Diction # 4
  • 1. What is the dictionary definition of the word scuttled? How would your mental picture change if the passage said, They trudged for days and days….?
  • 2. Consider the hyphenated adjectives Kipling uses in this passage: patchy-blatchy and slippery-slidy. How do these adjectives help the reader understand the scene?
  • Now You Try It
  • Write two sentences about going on a long car trip. Your first sentence should contain a strong verb that creates a vivid picture for the reader. Your second sentence should use a hyphenated adjective that either rhymes (like patchy-blatchy) or has alliteration (like slippery-slidy). It’s ok to make up part of hyphenated adjective (like blatchy), but it must be understandable to the reader. You want to make your writing come alive for the reader.
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