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archaic
belonging to an earlier period, old-fashioned
analogy
a way of edxplaining something by comparing it to something else
cliche
an expression or idea that has become trite or worm out by constant use
colloquial or informal
conversational; characteristic of informal speech or writing
etymology
the study of the origin and development or a word, phrase,etc.
figurative
based on making use of figures of speech; metaphorical
formal
characterized by strict observation of forms; stiffly ceremonious
homophone
two words having the same pronunciation but different spellings, meanings, or origins
idiom
a type of figurative language in which a group of words has an overall meaning that is different from the meanings of the individual words.
jargon
the specialized vocabulary of those in the same profession, craft,or hoppy; may imply wordiness or unintelligibility
literal
conforming to or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words
prefix
a syllable group of syllables or word joined to the beginning of another word or base to alter its meaning or create a new word
root
the fundamental element of a word that may be used to build many words
slang
highly informal speech tha is outside conventional or standard usage; usually implies newness or unacceptablility
suffix
a letter,syllable, or group of syllables added to the end of a word or word base to change its meaning