Learning about our Language. Word origins Levels of Language Dialect Meanings and Connotations. How Words Enter Our Language.
Levels of Language
Meanings and Connotations
Since its beginning over 1,500 years ago, English has grown to be the largest language in the world, containing over 790,000 words. Our language continues to grow as new words are borrowed and created.
1. Ensemble 2. Boycott 3. Calico
4. Tea 5. Jaguar 6. Tangerine
7. Khaki 8. Mosquito 9. Wednesday
10. Cardigan 11. Turquoise 12. Braille
13. Veldt 14. Diesel 15. Gusto
1. Paratroops 2. Fence 3. Typewriter
4. Laser 5. Brunch 6. Dorm
7. Chortle 8. Gasohol 9. Sonar
10. Bookkeeper 11. Smog 12. Telex
13. Wristwatch 14. Flu 15. Airport
Also known as conversational or colloquialEnglish.
Appropriate in everyday situations
Dialects may also be considered part of informal usage
Found in writing but is appropriate in any situation that is serious, dignified, or ceremonialFormal and Informal English
Formal: No written law has ever been more binding than unwritten custom supported by popular opinion
Informal: Traditions and habits are both hard to break.
When decided between Formal and Informal English you must consider your Audience and your Purpose
Conversation; letters between friends
Writing for magazines and news papers; Speaking for radio or television
Formal speeches; Professional documents; Reports for serious occasions
firefly, glowworm, lightning bug, candle bug
hero, submarine, hoagy, grinder, poor-boy
baby buggy, baby cab, baby carriage, baby coach
catch cold, get a cold, take cold, come down with a cold
berm, boulevard, parkway, sidewalk plot, tree lawn
coaster, roller coaster, rolly-coaster, shoot-the-chutes