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colloquial (adj) (of the form of a language) spoken, conversational, and informal.

Words, phrases, and other expressions used in conversation and informal speech, but not in formal speech or in formal writing, is colloquial language. Colloquial English is the English spoken at the conversational level, and is very informal. It may not be strictly grammatical.

  • The English that is used in most of modern fiction is colloquial which, being conversational and informal, is easily understood by the readers and appears natural.
  • Even highly educated readers are more comfortable with a colloquial style of conversational English, than with the scholarly and bookish style of formal English which sounds rather artificial. This is not to deny, however, that formal English does have occasions proper to it.
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