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Pragmatics. How words are used. Who uses this word?. Some words are only used by certain kinds of people. fiddlesticks! interj . I, who am a granny, disagree utterly with what you have just said. [Ilson:64]

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pragmatics

Pragmatics

How words are used.

who uses this word
Who uses this word?
  • Some words are only used by certain kinds of people.

fiddlesticks! interj. I, who am a granny, disagree utterly with what you have just said. [Ilson:64]

Daddy n. Diminutive of Dad. Used by a child of his/her father. Daddy, will you read me a story?

dude n. Young man. Used by male teenagers and young men to address a friend and peer. Hey dude, what’s the haps? Popular in the 1960s and 70s.

when is this word used
When is this word used?
  • Some words are only used in certain social settings.

specify v. A formal word meaning to say something about a topic that is more detailed than what has been said before. The prosecuting attorney has specified the charges against the accused.

specify v. To say something about a topic that is more detailed than what has been said before. usage: formal…

specify v. formal To say something…

Just you wait! phr. An expression used to begin a threat or prediction that something bad will happen to the person being addressed.

where is this word used
Where is this word used?
  • Some words are only used in certain places.

Come in. phr. An expression used when a visitor comes to your door and you want them to come into your home or office.

All rise. phr. A command for everyone to stand. Used in a courtroom by the bailiff when the judge enters the room.

what does this word accomplish
What does this word accomplish?
  • Some words are used to accomplish something.

shhh! interj. A word used to get someone to be quiet. Shhh! The boss wants to make an announcement. | Shhh! You’ll wake the baby.

hey!interj. A word used to get someone’s attention. Hey George! Come here. You’ve got to see this. | Hey! What do you think you’re doing?

I now pronounce you man and wife. phr. A formal phrase used by a minister at the end of a wedding ceremony. When he says this, the bride and groom are officially married.

bibliography
Bibliography
  • Ilson, Robert F. Towards a taxonomy of dictionary definitions. in Ilson, Robert F. (ed.) A spectrum of lexicography. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. p. 61-73.