What is danzition?  Urban Dictionary says, “term was coined from The Soup’s host Joel McHale as a way to describe the awkward transitions on The Tony Danza show.”  An example?  Here’s one:

I show this to students to talk about the importance of transitions in their academic writing.  Most of the students don’t even recognize Tony Danza and not too many thought it was funny.  Still, I think it makes a point.  Another great resources for showing transitions is documentaries like Life and Planet Earth.  As the narrator (whether it’s Oprah or Sigourney Weaver or David Attenborough) always offers a clear transitions – a connection and relationship – as he or she moves from one subject to another.  Great example of transitions that show logical relationships.


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