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Word: colloquial

Definition: pertaining to conversational or common speech; informal; N. colloquialism: colloquial expression


Sentences Containing 'colloquial'

A "gnat's cock" or a "gnat's dick" is a similar construction in the English language, but it has a more irreverent or obscene aspect. In Australia the colloquial expression would be "a bee's dick".
A chicken bus (Spanish: "camioneta", "canastera" or "trambilla", the latter a hypercorrection of "tranvía") is a colloquial English name for a colorful, modified and decorated bus that transports goods and people between communities in various Latin American countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Panama.
A colloquial placeholder name for towns is the railway junction of Kaspichan, which often bears the connotation of a far-off forgotten place.
A generic object may be called "io ajn" ('anything', 'some thing'), or "ajno" (informal); the forms "ajna" ('any kind of') and "ajne" ('in any way') are acceptable colloquial synthetic variants of the longer and more formal "ia ajn" and "iel ajn".
A generic term used especially when the speaker cannot think of the exact name or number, also used in enumerations analogously to "et cetera", is the colloquial "schlag-mich-tot" or "schieß-mich-tot" (literally "strike/shoot me dead", to indicate that the speaker's memory fails him/her).
An abbreviated version of the word, "Nucks", is sometimes heard, usually as a colloquial reference to the hockey team.
As for Pope's dictum, anyone who examines Jervas's version carefully, side by side with the original, will see that he was a sound Spanish scholar, incomparably a better one than Shelton, except perhaps in mere colloquial Spanish.
Basilectal: This is the colloquial speech.
By the 16th century, the case and gender systems of the colloquial spoken language and the profane literature had been largely reduced to the two cases and two genders of modern Swedish.
Cloud computing (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing) is a colloquial expression used to describe a variety of different types of computing concepts that involve a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network (typically the Internet).
Colloquial Singaporean English, better known as Singlish, is an English-based creole language spoken in Singapore.
Diverse colloquial formulas for "a lot" exist, including "o căruță" (lit.
Envelope journalism (also envelopmental journalism, red envelope journalism, white envelope journalism, "Ch'ongi", "wartawan amplop") is a colloquial term for the practice of bribing journalists for favorable media coverage.
Friar Laurence, for example, uses sermon and sententiae forms, and the Nurse uses a unique blank verse form that closely matches colloquial speech.
German loanwords include "coins," Slovak "mince", German "Münze"; "to wish", Slovak "vinšovať" (colloquial, standard term: "želať"), German "wünschen"; "funfair," Slovak "jarmok ", German "Jahrmarkt" and "color," Slovak "farba", German "Farbe".
He had evidently a good colloquial knowledge of Spanish, but apparently not much more.
However, it has been in widespread use since Old English times, and is normal in colloquial speech.
In 1573, Zhang presented the young Wanli Emperor with a commentary on the Four Books of the Confucian canon, entitled "Colloquial Commentary on the Four Books" ("四书直解", "Si Shu Zhijie").
In 1983 his play "Rockaway Boulevard" was reviewed by Michiko Kakutani in "The New York Times" and she wrote,"Vetere demonstrates the ability to mix the poetic with the colloquial." In 1983 Vetere's screenplay "Vigilante" was made into a feature film starring Robert Forster and Carol Lynley and was the 20th grossing film for that year.
In colloquial Kansai-ben, are often left out especially the accusative case "o" and the quotation particles "to" and "tte".
In colloquial speech "shall" and "ought" are scarce, "must" is marginal for obligation and "may" is rare.
In old Moscow pronunciation, softening was more widespread and regular; nowadays some cases that were once normative have become low colloquial or archaic.
It includes a colloquial reference to the Second Coming ("In the year 7510, if God's a-coming, He ought to make it by then."), which echoed the zeitgeist of the Jesus movement.
It is mostly incorrectly used by European expatriates or Hong Kong and Mainlanders trying to integrate and assimilate into Singapore society, though with an ironic modicum of success, for example: When the context is given, "Kena" may be used without a verb, similar to the colloquial-English construction "I am/you're/he is going to get it."
Jopará ( or Yopará () is a colloquial form of Guaraní spoken in Paraguay which uses large numbers of Spanish loan words.
Legilimency is the magical skill of extracting feelings and memories from another person's mind — a form of magical "telepathy" (although Snape, an able practitioner of the art, dismisses the colloquial term, "mind-reading", as a drastic oversimplification).
Mappila songs are composed in colloquial Malayalam and are sung in a distinctive tune.
Native American hip hop is hip-hop culture practiced by people of Native American heritage; in colloquial terms, this also includes Canadian First Nation hip hop artists.
Other generic placeholder words in colloquial use include "systeemi" or "sydeemi" ("system"), and "juttu" (also "jutska" or "judanssi"), "homma" and "hommeli" ("thing", "thingy").
Peking opera got its start in parts of Anhui and Hubei which spoke this dialect. Literary and colloquial readings.
Purified water in colloquial English can also refer to water which has been treated ("rendered potable") to neutralize, but not necessarily remove contaminants considered harmful to humans or animals.
Spanish has probably undergone less change since the seventeenth century than any language in Europe, and by far the greater and certainly the best part of "Don Quixote" differs but little in language from the colloquial Spanish of the present day.
Thatchergate was the colloquial title of a hoax perpetrated by members of the anarcho-punk band Crass during the aftermath of the 1982 Falklands War.
The Child Ballads is the colloquial name given to a collection of 305 ballads collected in the 19th century by Francis James Child and originally published in ten volumes between 1882 and 1898 under the title "The English and Scottish Popular Ballads."
The colloquial English used in everyday life is often referred to as Singlish.
The existence of literary and colloquial readings (文白异读), is a notable feature in Jianghuai Mandarin.
The feminine versions are "tizia", "tipa" (colloquial), and "una", respectively.
The genus name refers to the "Puntanos", the colloquial name for the inhabitants of the province of San Luis after the old name of their capital "San Luis de la Punta de los Venados", and combines this with a Latinized Greek "pteron", "wing".
The Lanzón is the colloquial name for the most important statue of the central deity of the ancient Chavín culture of the central highlands of Peru.
The Latin, apparently the work of an African churchman of the time of the Fifth council, abounds in colloquial and semi-barbarous forms; the version is not always careful, and sometimes almost hopelessly corrupt (published by Cambridge University Press, 1880–1882).
The name "Thera" was revived in the nineteenth century as the official name of the island and its main city, but the colloquial name "Santorini" is still in popular use.
The negative "Hudas" is a more colloquial term for people considered treacherous or malefactors . "Si anò" (personal singular case marker + "what") or "Si ganoón" (personal singular case marker + "that") are also used for people whose names are temporarily forgotten the speaker.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are the intercollegiate sports teams and players of The Ohio State University, named after the colloquial term for people from the state of Ohio and after the state tree, the Ohio Buckeye – Aesculus glabra.
The Sociolect Continuum of Singaporean EnglishEach of the following means the same thing, but the basilectal and mesolectal versions incorporate some colloquial additions for illustrative purposes.
The suffix "-te shimau" (to finish something or to do something in unintentional or unfortunate circumstances) is contracted to "-chimau" or "-chau" in colloquial Tokyo speech but to "-temau" in Kansai speech.
The term "corner solution" is sometimes used by economists in a more colloquial fashion to refer to these sorts of situations.
The Vasa Bible is often considered to be a reasonable compromise between old and new; while not adhering to the colloquial spoken language of its day it was not overly conservative in its use of archaic forms.
There is a natural gravity and a sonorous stateliness about Spanish, be it ever so colloquial, that make an absurdity doubly absurd, and give plausibility to the most preposterous statement.
This phrase is also a colloquial expression meaning "to be reckless."
This results in constructions that appear to be missing a subject to a speaker of most other varieties of English, and so called PRO-drop utterances may be regarded as a diagnostic feature of Singapore Colloquial English (or 'Singlish').

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::: undermine - weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
::: implicit - understood but not stated; implied; unquestioning and complete; Ex. implicit trust
::: causal - implying a cause-and-effect relationship; N. causality
::: profligate - wasteful (of money); dissipated; wildly immoral; dissolute; N: profligate person; N. profligacy
::: feebleminded - deficient in intelligence; very stupid
::: thematic - of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
::: subsequent - following in time or order; later
::: pharisee - Pharisee: member of an ancient Jewish group that emphasized strict observance of the Mosaic law (considering themselves very holy); hypocritical self-righteous person
::: revulsion - sudden strong feeling of disgust; sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction; Ex. revulsion from the scenes of torture
::: vanguard - forerunners; foremost position of an army; advance forces; foremost position in a trend or movement; CF. rearguard