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CHAPTER 5

LINGUISTIC PITFALLS

Linguistic pitfalls are inappropriate uses of language that hinder accurate and effective communication. This can happen when we use language that is unclear, distorted, or empty in meaning. We now look at these situations one by one.

5.1 UNCLEAR MEANING

Lack of clarity can arise in many ways. The words we use might be ambiguous or imprecise or the meanings are incomplete. But it can also be due to the failure to organize ideas properly.

5.1.1 Ambiguity

An ambiguous expression is one wi...

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Without clear and accurate language, the precise meaning of statements cannot be understood and can hinder your ability to critically analyze them. As a student of critical thinking, it is crucial that you try to eliminate the linguistic pitfalls presented in this selection.