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colloquialism, colloquial - vocabulary

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colloquialism, colloquial - noun

Colloquialism: an ordinary or familiar expression; familiar style or usage.


Colloquial: appropriate to or characteristic of ordinary or familiar conversation instead of formal speech or writing.

Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber’s wax dummy is to sculpture.

—Ezra Pound “I Gather the Limbs of Osiris” Selected Prose 1909–1965 (1973)

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