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She writes beautiful songs with colloquial lyrics that touch the heart.
  informal style — "sounding" like spoken rather than written language
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colloquial colloquially
Strongly Associated with:   colloquialism
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  • She writes beautiful songs with colloquial lyrics that touch the heart.
  • He talked with richness and depth without loosing his colloquial charm.
  • Brilliant, but he was . . . what’s the colloquial term for it? A suck-up.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • My choices of language (...colloquial),
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye

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  • (Colloquially) Little cooler than it was.
    Thornton Wilder  --  Our Town
  • Even his daughter here, he continues, little Zosia, whose education had perhaps not been of the broadest, speaks with such fluency that she not only has perfect mastery of Hochsprache, the standard German of the schools, but of the colloquial Umgangssprache, and furthermore, can duplicate for the Doctor’s enjoyment almost any accent which lies in between.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The final part of Indoc involved boats-the fabled IBS (inflatable boat, small) or, colloquially, itty-bitty ship.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • We were alert to the gap separating the written word from the colloquial.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • During my stay at Starkfield I lodged with a middle-aged widow colloquially known as Mrs. Ned Hale.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • "Can’t, might set the black damp off," the old miner said, using the colloquial term for methane.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky

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  • Three or more Greek dialects and perhaps half a millennium of Greek hexameter poetry contributed to Homer’s language; so did a wide spectrum of idiom from the hieratic to the colloquial.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Instead of the more proper "as if," I’d used the colloquial "like"—e.
    Leslie Marmon Silko  --  Ceremony
  • This, too, is appropriate, for Homer’s poetry always sounded "old" to Greek ears; it was not colloquial, everyday language but formal, stylized speech from first to last.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Well, it was a colloquial expression, Charlie would say.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • For some little time the jurymen hang about the Sol’s Arms colloquially.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • A colloquial density that makes family life the one medium of sense knowledge in which an astonishment of heart is routinely contained.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He was down in a subbasement room known colloquially as the Tank because its metal walls were dotted with electronic noisemakers to foil other electronic devices.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • I go on colloquially ….
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • In Xhosa, Rolihlahla literally means "pulling the branch of a tree," but its colloquial meaning more accurately would be "troublemaker."
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • On the other hand it is not concerned with fake simplicity and the attempt to make written English colloquial.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • A small-town bungalow, the wives of a village doctor and a village dry-goods merchant, a provincial teacher, a colloquial brawl over paying a servant a dollar more a week.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • One of them was that he went every day to the American banker’s, where he found a post-office that was almost as sociable and colloquial an institution as in an American country town.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • (Let me now offer my appreciation to the director of that museum, who most generously opened display cases and let me peruse the collection.) I have relied on Chen’s colloquial translation of many things, including the Tang dynasty poem that Lily and Snow Flower wrote on each other’s bodies.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Salander is, to put it in colloquial terms, stark raving mad.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Many did because its editors had dropped the colloquial or slang labels people were used to.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • I didn’t know what to make of his gesture save its unorthodoxy, its colloquial and unprofessional tone.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • I have known eager opponents of democracy who allowed their children to address them with perfect colloquial equality.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • He is much more a man of fuzziness and feelings, feelings are his cup of tea, so to speak—if you’ll forgive me the colloquial phrase.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • He must know the language colloquially or not at all….
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • He was the most reserved, the least colloquial of men, and this enquiring authoress was constantly flashing her lantern into the quiet darkness of his soul.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • No one had interfered in the dispute, which was beyond the French colloquial powers of Edward Dorrit, Esquire, and scarcely within the province of the ladies.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Now it was clear and choice of words and phrasing was consistent—colloquial to me, scholarly to Prof, gallant to Wyoh, variation one expects of mature adults.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Hiro is armed with two swords and a nine-millimeter semiautomatic pistol, known colloquially as a nine, with two ammunition clips, each carrying eleven rounds.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • When no such regular minister offered, a kind of colloquial prayer or two was made by some of the more gifted members, and a sermon was usually read, from Sterne, by Mr. Richard Jones.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • One of them was that he went every day to the American banker’s, where he found a post-office that was almost as sociable and colloquial an institution as in an American country town.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He spoke to Philip in correct, rather archaic English, having learned it from a study of the English classics, not from conversation; and it was odd to hear him use words colloquially which Philip had only met in the plays of Shakespeare.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Perceiving the necessity of doing something to disarm this female Cerberus, before his own purpose could be accomplished, the Doctor, reluctant as he was to encounter her tongue, found himself compelled to invite a colloquial communication.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • He remembered that to Clif Clawson it had been pretentious to use any phrase which was not as colloquial and as smutty as the speech of a truck-driver, and that his own discourse had differed from Clif’s largely in that it had been less fantastic and less original.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Colloquial.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He may master it as a Korean, bred in the colloquial Onmun, may master the literary Korean-Chinese, but he never thinks in it or quite feels it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • His saloon is a /public house/, or, colloquially, a /pub/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • What did "colloquial" mean?
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • No, Charlie would say, a colloquial expression was different from a cliche.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The power of those simple, colloquial words is enormous.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Its use is one of the peculiarities that Englishmen most quickly notice in American colloquial speech today.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Bartlett listed it as an Americanism, but Thornton rejected it, apparently because, in the sense of a collapse, it has come into colloquial use in England.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • America has enormously enriched the language, not only with new words, but (since the American mind is, on the whole, quicker and wittier than the English) with apt and luminous colloquial metaphors.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Nowadays, if you look at even the most formal publications, things like The New Yorker or the New York Times, you will find a wide variety of colloquial or slangy language used even in news articles.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • "Please don’t be quite so colloquial—or shall I say VULGAR?"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • In Ireland "/Will/ I light the fire, ma’am?" is colloquially sound.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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