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colloquialism

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Definition a verbal expression that sounds informal — as is normally expected in casual conversation rather than in formal writing
  • His talk was full of southern colloquialisms such as "y'all" and "fixin' to".
  • His colloquialisms seemed to Carol no more lax than their habitual slang.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • And the nuances of languages—slang and colloquialisms—would take years beyond that.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • His knowledge of English was extremely good, but sometimes a colloquialism proved unfamiliar.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • In his history of the cigarette industry, Richard Kluger writes that the marketers at R. J. Reynolds, which sells Winston, were "delighted with the attention" and "made the offending slogan the lyric of a bouncy little jingle on television and radio, and wryly defended their syntax as a colloquialism rather than bad grammar."
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • ...him, and felt independent and masterful as she shot up out of bed, turned her back on him, fished a lone and petrified chocolate out of her glove-box in the top right-hand drawer of the bureau, gnawed at it, found that it had cocoanut filling, said "Damn!" wished that she had not said it, so that she might be superior to his colloquialism, and hurled the chocolate into the wastebasket, where it made an evil and mocking clatter among the debris of torn linen collars and toothpaste box.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Odd and ignorant popular phrases, proverbs, vulgarisms, and colloquialisms, cant and slang.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Fowler and Griswold followed pantingly in the footsteps of Macaulay; their prose is extraordinarily ornate and self-conscious, and one searches it in vain for any concession to colloquialism.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language

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