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Wednesday, August 18, 1999

colloquial

\kuh-LOH-kwee-uhl\ , adjective;
1.
Characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation; "wrote her letters in a colloquial style"; "the broken syntax and casual enunciation of colloquial English"; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.
Quotes:
To use a colloquial phrase, such sentiments...do one's heart good.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
The abandonment of...poetic diction for the colloquial language of real life.
-- John Richard Green,
His [Samuel Johnson's] colloquial talents were, indeed, of the highest order.
-- Macaulay,
Origin:
Colloquial is from the Latin colloquium, a conversation, from col- (com-), with, together + loquor, loqui, to speak.
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