English terms to be familiar with

Sparz By Sparz, 3rd Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/scjb2vk./
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Some various types of writing used in our daily English language. Really helps where you need to analyse text.

Alliteration

Repetition of first letters or sounds in between words.

Examples-

  • "Sweet smell of success"
  • "Lady lounges lazily"
  • "Heaven of Heroes"

Ambiguity

Condition where information can be understood in more than one way.

Examples-

  • I can't tell you how much I enjoyed meeting your husband.
  • We saw her duck.
  • Roy Rogers: More hay, Trigger?
  • Trigger: No thanks, Roy, I'm stuffed!
  • Pentagon Plans Swell Deficit
  • (newspaper headline)
  • I can't recommend this book too highly.

Antithesis

Contrasting two ideas which are usually opposites of each other.

Examples-

  • "He was good, but I am better"
  • "To err is human, to forgive, divine"

Cliche

Overused expression which has lost its original meaning.

Examples-

  • "She swept past his"
  • "He threw himself at her feet"
  • "Tossing his head in the air"

Colloquial Language

It is informal language that is not rude.

Examples-

  • "That totally grossed me out"
  • "That really disgusted me"
  • "This food is the real deal"

Figures of Speech

Use of words in a distinctive way. It diverges from its normal meaning.

Examples-

  • "Its raining cats and dogs"
  • "Break a leg"
  • "Butterflies in your stomach"

Jargon

Language used by people of a particular place or common interest like doctor or IT specialist. There may be specialised terms they may use.

Examples-

  • "LOL = Laugh Out Loud"
  • "saying 'scoop' instead of 'pickup' "
  • "BTW = By The Way"

Metaphor

Figure of speech that constructs analogy between two things. Used for understanding one thing in terms of another.

Examples-

  • "Her eyes glistened like jewels"
  • "The street was a furnace"
  • "Your words added fuel to the fire"

Onomatopoeic

Words which when pronounced imitate the sound they describe.

Examples-

  • "Boom"
  • "Click"
  • "Purr"
  • "Bark"
  • "Buzz"

Personification

A metaphor in which a thing is represented as a person.

Examples-

  • "Death came knocking at his door"
  • "Mother nature"
  • "Father time"

Simile

A figure of speech which compares two different words by employing words such as 'than' , 'as' or 'like'.

Examples-

  • "As happy as a lark"
  • "He fights like a lion"
  • "As white as snow"

Slang

Use of informal words and expressions.

Examples-

  • "Airhead (stupid person)"
  • "Ace (excellent)"
  • "Glitch (flaw)"

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author avatar Sparz
Well writing hasn't been one of my best playing fields but i guess theres always a first. I will try my best and provide articles of detail and worth. Hope you like em ! :]

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author avatar Jerry Walch
24th Nov 2010 (#)

Nice job. It would have made a nice glossary of terms if you had listed them in alphabetical order.

Welcome to Wikinut.

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author avatar Sparz
15th Dec 2010 (#)

ok I'll be sure to do that in my next page update. Thanks

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author avatar SiddiQ
15th Dec 2010 (#)

Whoa! They sure helped me! Thanks!

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