Quotes of colloquial

  1. I tended to emphasize the secular, the casual, the colloquial the vernacular against the sacred. – David Antin
  2. Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture. – Ezra Pound

Usage examples for colloquial

  1. The first part commences with an apology for his colloquial style; he is, as he has always been, the enemy of rhetoric, and knows of no rhetoric but truth; he will not falsify his character by making a speech. – Apology Also known as "The Death of Socrates" by Plato
  2. The style is colloquial and pleasant, and therefore well suited to those for whose perusal it is intended." – Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals by R. Lee
  3. What everybody, however, may not know is that in the southern section of the same, " tiger" is the colloquial word used to designate leopard, and that invariably; hence, of course, the trapped beast in this case represented not " Stripes" but " Spots." – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  4. Up to the present time Mr. Stephens had not communicated with a single police official able to speak colloquial English; it was that fact which had made him find Gerald Burton so invaluable an auxiliary. – The End of Her Honeymoon by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  5. His speech is yet so childish that he chooses, for a toy, with blushes of pleasure, " a little duck what can walk"; but with a beautifully clear accent he greets his mother with the colloquial question, " Well, darling, do you know the latest?" – Essays by Alice Meynell
  6. Every word he uttered might have been heard in the remotest quarters of the room, yet he scarcely lifted his voice above a colloquial tone. – Stories of Authors, British and American by Edwin Watts Chubb
  7. Now, my good mother thought badly of my French accent; and when I told her I meant to spend a summer month or two in western Switzerland, she said to me, " I do hope, Charlie dear, you will miss no opportunity of conversing with the people, and improving yourself in colloquial French a little." – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  8. His English normally was perfect, though sometimes he made a mistake when trying to sound too colloquial – Syndrome by Thomas Hoover
  9. Aptness in use of their colloquial speech gave her special facility for gathering the stories with exactness, as they fell from the lips of the narrators in her hearing; and for the delicate additional task of translating them into English. – Laos Folk-Lore of Farther India by Katherine Neville Fleeson
  10. There you are; the story of the priest of Cucugnan, as I was told by the great colloquial writer Roumanille, who had it himself from some other good fellow. – Letters from my Windmill by Alphonse Daudet
  11. Continue to read the Arabic New Testament, which aids me in colloquial disquisitions with the people. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  12. Mr. Freeman was colloquial if anything. – Corporal Cameron by Ralph Connor
  13. As long as a secretary or a huissier was in the room, they spoke to each other most correctly in French; as soon as they were alone, relapsed into easy and colloquial English. – My First Years As A Frenchwoman, 1876-1879 by Mary King Waddington
  14. To them Burlington Notch became merely a colloquial name for Paradise, and life in the great hotel itself a beautiful dream. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  15. The " Leaves from a South African Journal," which close the third volume of Short Studies, describe his journey in his most agreeably colloquial style. – The Life of Froude by Herbert Paul
  16. Compare with them the colloquial use of our terribly overworked word " clever." – Studies in Literature by John Morley
  17. Our cattle are always gentle, but some of them are, to use a colloquial word that seems to me richly descriptive, so " nose- y." – The Jonathan Papers by Elisabeth Woodbridge Morris
  18. The location was not desirable, and it was decided to " fleck" the house, as is the colloquial term on the Cape for preparing a building to be moved. – Remodeled Farmhouses by Mary H. Northend
  19. The verse is meant to be colloquial G. R. Sims at best- and when one is going for a coarse effect, one had better be coarse. – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  20. The pedantry of one class and the colloquial vulgarity of another had their day; the faults of each were strongly contrasted, and better writers kept the mean between them. – Colloquies on Society by Robert Southey