Colloquialism


1.Definition:

A. An expression not used in formal speech or writing.
B. Colloquialism gives work a conversational, familiar tone Colloquial expressions in writing include local or regional dialects.
C. A word, phrase, or form of pronunciation that is acceptable in casual conversation but not in formal, written communication. It is considered more acceptable than slang.

2. Examples:

A. Lazy man's load:
A lazy man's load is an unmanageably large load carried to avoid making more than one trip. This colloquial phrase is often used to indicate that someone is too lazy to think properly. Example: 'Sam took a lazy man's load of groceries out of the car and ended up spilling them all over the sidewalk."

B. Lickety split
Very quick.

C. Darn tootin'
For sure. Correct. "You're darn tootin', that is oil."


Examples from literature:

A. "I knowed he was white inside, and I reckoned he'd say what he did say - so it was all right, now, and I told Tom I was agoing for a doctor." Chapter 40, pg. 301 (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)

B."The feller took the money and started away; and when he was going out at the door, he sorter jerked his thumb over his shoulder--so--at Dan'l, and says again, very deliberate, 'Well,' he says, 'I don't see no p'ints about that frog that's any better'n any other frog."
(The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County)


Citations:

"Colloquialism." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 31 Mar 2007, 18:16 UTC. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 5 Apr 2007 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Colloquialism&oldid=119309274>.

Galiano, Amanda . "Little rock,AR." Southern Slang. 5 Apr 2007 <http://littlerock.about.com/cs/southernlife/a/aasouthslang_2.htm>.