English terms to be familiar with
Some various types of writing used in our daily English language. Really helps where you need to analyse text.
- Colloquial Language
- Figures of Speech
Repetition of first letters or sounds in between words.
- "Sweet smell of success"
- "Lady lounges lazily"
- "Heaven of Heroes"
Condition where information can be understood in more than one way.
- 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.
Contrasting two ideas which are usually opposites of each other.
- "He was good, but I am better"
- "To err is human, to forgive, divine"
Overused expression which has lost its original meaning.
- "She swept past his"
- "He threw himself at her feet"
- "Tossing his head in the air"
It is informal language that is not rude.
- "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.
- "Its raining cats and dogs"
- "Break a leg"
- "Butterflies in your stomach"
Language used by people of a particular place or common interest like doctor or IT specialist. There may be specialised terms they may use.
- "LOL = Laugh Out Loud"
- "saying 'scoop' instead of 'pickup' "
- "BTW = By The Way"
Figure of speech that constructs analogy between two things. Used for understanding one thing in terms of another.
- "Her eyes glistened like jewels"
- "The street was a furnace"
- "Your words added fuel to the fire"
Words which when pronounced imitate the sound they describe.
A metaphor in which a thing is represented as a person.
- "Death came knocking at his door"
- "Mother nature"
- "Father time"
A figure of speech which compares two different words by employing words such as 'than' , 'as' or 'like'.
- "As happy as a lark"
- "He fights like a lion"
- "As white as snow"
Use of informal words and expressions.
- "Airhead (stupid person)"
- "Ace (excellent)"
- "Glitch (flaw)"