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It’s all about word, context and tone combination
Look at this extract:
Hong Kong security law: China passes controversial legislation
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab expressed "deep concern" at the reports the law had been passed, saying: "This would be a grave step."
What does deep concern mean?
Diplomatic language is frequently expressed in neutral tones, with context giving the precise meaning.
This language allows the speaker or writer to express feelings without disturbing the status quo. The choice of words is important, the more neutral the word, the more displeasure. Aggressive language obliterates any form of pretence and may be considered vulgar.
Communicating diplomatically involves choosing words and grammar structures carefully. The secret is using the meaning of context rather than only the words themselves:
So, when you think this:
You actually say this:
Make your words matter.
Make your words matter
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