Questions tagged [colloquial-language]

for questions about colloquial language. Colloquial language, colloquial dialect, or informal language is a variety of language commonly employed in conversation or other communication in informal situations.

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“Cook” vs “cook up” (when not referring to food)

Example sentence: Staring at her suspiciously, he asked, "What are you planning to cook up? A native English speaker said I should add the "up," but another one said I shouldn't. So I'm a bit ...
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Is it alright to use the phrase “working his butts off” in formal essays such as IELTS? [closed]

Is it alright to use the phrase "working his butts off" in formal essay writing such as an IELTS exam?
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What does “ready to rock n' roll” mean?

The sentence is from Eric Thomas’ Secrets to Success Speech. Guru said, “If you wanna make money, I’ll meet you tomorrow. 4 AM.” So the young man got there 4 AM. He all ready to rock ...
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Do the British use words like “batso” or “nutso”?

Today I encountered the word "batso" and I understood from context it meant "crazy". It interested me because it sounds like an Italian word "pazzo" which means "...
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What a granny is supposed to say to respond to “Thank You”?

A post gives "8 Ways to Respond to Thank You". I didn't find one is appropriate the following situation. Imagine that, a granny prepares a breakfast for her grandson. Grandson: thank you, granny. ...
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Relative order of social acceptance of alternate forms of the 'N' word

The word 'nigga' has been around for sometime now in our daily lingo, and from what I understand, it's okay for people of the African American community to use it within, but it's extremely offensive ...
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Is the following use of “as sure as in …” correct?

As sure as in "this place surely stinks." Is the construction and usage correct? I'm having doubts since the "example" is using a modified version of "sure." But maybe that's okay?

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