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Colloquialism Examples

Colloquialism is a word, phrase or paralanguage that is employed in conversational or informal language but not in formal speech or formal writing. Colloquialisms include words, phrases such as "raining cats and dogs" and "dead as a doornail"; and aphorisms such as "There's more than one way to skin a cat". Most colloquialisms are to not be taken literally.

Generally, colloquialisms are specific to a geographical region. They are used in everyday conversation and, increasingly, through informal online interactions. An example of the regional specificity of colloquialisms is the term used when referring to soft drinks. In the Upper Midwestern United States and Canada, soft drinks are called "pop", whilst in other areas, notably the Northeastern and far Western United States, they are referred to as "soda". Words that have a formal meaning can also have a colloquial meaning. For example, "kid" can mean "young goat" in formal usage and "child" in colloquial usage. International or interlingua colloquialisms can also be found in informal communication. It is quite common in many countries to use expressions such as en las manos de... ("in the hands of...") and Que pasa? ("What's going on?") in informal conversations.
Gonna.
Meaning: Going to.
Speech Words
Outta.
Meaning: Out of.
Speech Words
Gimme.
Meaning: Give it to me.
Speech Words
What's up?
Meaning: What is going on? What is happening right now?
Speech Expression Phrases
Yonder
Meaning: Something at a distance; over there.
Speech Words
Spell
Meaning: An indefinite period of time.
Speech Words
Reckon
Meaning: To suppose or expect something.
Speech Words
Ruckus
Meaning: A disturbance or boisterous activity. A commotion.
Speech Words
Fetch
Meaning: To go for and then bring back. In some regions it also means something that is cool or trendy.
Speech Words
Allow.
Meaning: To concede or recognize. Often used in faux-rural contexts.
Speech Words
Aint.
Meaning: Once a fully legitimate contraction of am not employed at least in familiar conversation by speakers of all social classes, ain't came to be identified with less well-educated people.
Speech Words
If that dont beat all.
Meaning: Something very amazing or unusual.
Southern
He can break rocks with a rubber hammer.
Meaning: A man who is very tough or strong.
Southern
Give me some sugar.
Meaning: A proposition for a kiss or affection.
Southern
Shes older than dirt.
Meaning: Someone who is very old.
Southern
We better get on the stick.
Meaning: To begin or start a task.
Southern
Hes as handy as a back pocket on a shirt.
Meaning: Someone who is useless or worthless.
Southern
She cant carry a tune in a hand basket.
Meaning: Someone who is not skilled vocally.
Southern
Colloquialism Meaning
A Colloquialism is an informal expression that is more often used in casual conversation than in formal speech or writing. Colloquial expressions tend to sneak in as the writers, being part of a society, is influenced by the way people speak in that society. Naturally, they are bound to add colloquial expression in their vocabulary. However, writers use such expressions intentionally too as it gives their woks a sense of realism.
Colloquialism Examples
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