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Chapter 23. Diction: Find the Right Word... > Diction: Proper Words in Proper Plac... - Pg. 232

Diction: Find the Right Word, Not Its First Cousin 232 Colloquial Language Next comes colloquial language , the level of diction characteristic of casual conversation and in- formal writing. The following two sentences show the difference between standard diction and col- loquial language: Standard:I failed my driving test. Colloquial:I flunked my driving test. Slang Less formal than colloquial language is slang , which is coined words and phrases or new meanings for established terms. Recent slang includes the words yuppie, chill out, rad, superheavy, or phat. Slang is fun, informal, and personal, and it's great for casual conversations with friends. Slang is never used in formal writing. You Could Look It Up Slang is coined words and phrases or new meanings for established terms.