What does the this choice of words tell us about the community?  

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In Lois Lowry's The Giver, word choice and language are carefully chosen in order for effective communication to take place. Effective communication not only helps with communication but allows children and people to think about what they say before they say it. The benefit of proper communication leads to fewer arguments or miscommunication, not to mention not getting physically disciplined like Asher did as early as age three. It is interesting how Asher's experiences with language influence Jonas to take a whole day to consider how he feels about the upcoming naming and advancement ceremony. But at least by the time Jonas has to share his feelings, he's considered words like "nervous" and comes up with "apprehensive." This helps his parents to consider how they can help him in the best way. It seems as if the author is saying that precise language may seem difficult to develop, but well worth the effective communication that results.