colloquialism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n colloquialism a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Lobster shift" is a colloquial term for the night shift of a newspaper staff.
    • n Colloquialism A colloquial expression, not employed in formal discourse or writing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n colloquialism A word or phrase peculiar to the language of common or familiar conversation. Synonyms Slang, etc. See cant.
    • n colloquialism Colloquial style, quality, or usage: as, “a transcript of the colloquialism of the day,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Colloquialism a form of expression used in familiar talk
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. colloquium, col, together, loqui, to speak.

Usage

In literature:

A somewhat colloquial term used in mining.
"The Great Gray Plague" by Raymond F. Jones
On the stage such colloquies soon appear lengthy and unnatural.
"Famous Women: George Sand" by Bertha Thomas
I recollect one curious and disagreeable camp which was called, colloquially and officially, Cinder City.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
But he is allowing colloquialism to run riot over meaning.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Never was a mortal more heartily thanked for his colloquial exertions than was Lysander.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
He was not only a suitor with a prize to gain, he was a colloquial artist about to employ all the resources of his specialty.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
One great advantage of synonym study is to exterminate colloquialisms.
"English Synonyms and Antonyms" by James Champlin Fernald
His colloquial talents were indeed of the highest order.
"Great Men and Famous Women, Vol. 7 of 8"
They are not exhalations like our daily colloquies and vaporous breath.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. X (of X) - America - II, Index" by Various
He liked her voice; it was clear without being harsh, and she seldom used smart colloquialisms.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Which reminds us of a parallel misadventure to a German, whose colloquial English had been equally neglected.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
He was as familiar with colloquial English as he was with his own tongue.
"The Fiery Totem" by Argyll Saxby
In conversing with him, I acquired the use of colloquial German.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
I also noticed that he had returned to his ordinary and more colloquial tone.
"Pharos, The Egyptian" by Guy Newell Boothby
I turned to inquire the meaning of this obvious colloquialism.
"The Man Who Couldn't Sleep" by Arthur Stringer
The word is used colloquially, and was borrowed from the French Air Force during the European War.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
In a colloquial sense, "assignation" means a secretly contrived meeting between lovers.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
When "God defend the right," or in the more colloquial language of the prize ring, "may the best man win.
"Caught in a Trap" by John C. Hutcheson
His English normally was perfect, though sometimes he made a mistake when trying to sound too colloquial.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
His preference for colloquial language endeared him to the people.
"The Zen Experience" by Thomas Hoover
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In poetry:

When in the sweet colloquial din,
Unheard the sullen sleet-winds shout;
And though the winter rage without,
The social summer reigns within.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The conversation's flow
Was not devoid of “blow,”
And neither was it wanting in the plain, colloquial “D.”
With a most ingenuous smile -
"This here is not my style,"
Said plain Josephus Riley, from the North Countree.
"Josephus Riley" by Barcroft Henry Boake

In news:

A species of harvestman, known colloquially as a daddy longlegs, with a leg-span of over 12 inches has been discovered living in the caves of Laos.
A critic who continues to be read twenty-five years after his death is sufficiently rare to be called, in the colloquial sense of the word, a phenomenon.
After 13 albums and more than 700,000 records sold, The Orb 's Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann have returned this year to 'Fluffy' - as it's colloquially known - with an even more legendary partner.
Today is June 27th, which is colloquially known as A Little More Than a Month Until the Wisconsin State Fair Day, or at least it has been since I invented that observance 30 seconds ago.
Democrats such as Kerry were not secular in the colloquial (and inaccurate) sense of being hostile to religion.
In this year's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Beasts of the Southern Wild, director Benh Zeitlin takes us into an isolated community colloquially known as The Bathtub.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says defendants often use equivocal or colloquial language in attempting to invoke their right to silence.
But it was formally known in Burmese , the national language, as "myanma naing ngan" or more colloquially as "bama pyi" or "country of Burma .
THE POPULAR colloquialism,They do things big in Texas, certainly must have a lot to do with physical geography.
"Howells misses nothing of 'the real, the natural, the colloquial, the moderate, the domestic, and the democratic.'".
Sorokin demonstrates a remarkable ear for dialogue…Occasionally in its characters' speech The Queue resembles, as befits a colloquial account of an overnight queue , Waiting for Godot.
He began his expose this way: The quotations come back redacted, stripped of colorful metaphors, colloquial language and anything even mildly provocative.
Or, the city's Bravest, in colloquial lingo.
Founder of the church colloquially known as the Moonies -- died early Monday in South Korea, according to the Washington Times, a newspaper that he founded, citing Unification Church leaders.
(), sometimes colloquially referred to as simply Alfa, is an Italian manufacturer of cars.
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In science:

The impact of the shape of the relevant opinion space (△ vs. ✷) What fosters consensus better: an opinion space of three independent issues (✷3 ) or four issues under fixed budget constraints (△3 )? Colloquial: Is it good to add a budget dimension.
Fostering Consensus in Multidimensional Continuous Opinion Dynamics under Bounded Confidence
The abstract theory was formalised by Pressley–Segal ; in contrast some of the details of the widespread geometric applications are somewhat colloquial.
Generators for Rational Loop Groups and Geometric Applications
Colloquially, the renormalization works as follows.
Zero-temperature limit of one-dimensional Gibbs states via renormalization: the case of locally constant potentials
Colloquially, maps are “graphs drawn on a surface”.
Matrix integrals and enumeration of maps
Unfortunately, in the case of bipartite (and multipartite) state spaces, this already excludes the most popular general probabilistic theory, colloquially called boxworld.
Unifying typical entanglement and coin tossing: on randomization in probabilistic theories
As we show here, it is possible to define a notion of purity for generalized no-signalling theory , colloquially called boxworld, even though this theory is not transitive .
Unifying typical entanglement and coin tossing: on randomization in probabilistic theories
Note that the output from a PRBG is not random in the colloquial sense of the word.
The Arduino as a Hardware Random-Number Generator
There are two quantities colloquially (and confusingly) referred to as the “beaming factor” in the GRB problem.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
Colloquially these lines are also called Data, Control and Status ports.
Threadbare Parallel Port DAQ Card
This paper reviews the scientific support for a ballistic pressure wave radiating outward from a penetrating projectile and causing injury and incapacitation. This phenomenon is known colloquially as “hydrostatic shock.” The idea apparent ly originates with Col.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
There are several subfields that are sometimes colloquially lumped under the rubric, “argumentation theory”.32 On one end of the continuum is what is best called formal logic.
Analyzing Problem Solving Using Math in Physics: Epistemological Framing via Warrants
On scales of a few h−1 Mpc, there is an effect of elongation along the line of sight (colloquially known as the ‘finger of God’ effect) which depends on the galaxy velocity dispersion.
The Cosmological Parameters 2010
The existence and necessity of the administrator role is a large source of controversy for Wikipedia (as is any socio-economic inequality of privilege), but administrators, also colloquially known as sysops, carry out many essential functions.
A Wikipedia Literature Review
Hopefully this colloquial introduction aimed mainly at astrophysicists will convince skeptics (if there are any) that space-based detectors will be crucial to study fundamental physics through gravitational-wave observations.
Astrophysical black holes as natural laboratories for fundamental physics and strong-field gravity
It is very convenient because it means that in an adiabatic process one can effectively add as much ‘heat’ (colloquially speaking) as one wishes, but the one thing one cannot do is subtract heat, i.e., use a ‘refrigerator’.
The Physics and Mathematics of the Second Law of Thermodynamics
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