Colloquialisms: Definition & Examples


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Colloquialism is derived from the Latin colloquium, meaning what?

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1. Examples of colloquialism can include a variety of different linguistic phenomena. Which of the following is NOT an example of colloquialism?

2. Which of the following examples of colloquialism is most likely a contraction?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Take this multiple-choice quiz in conjunction with the lesson to test yourself on the facts surrounding colloquialisms. You'll receive your quiz scores immediately. You may also print out the worksheet if you want to continue studying the quiz questions offline.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Assess your knowledge of the following with this quiz/worksheet combo:

  • What the Latin term 'colloquium' means
  • Example(s) of colloquialisms
  • Example(s) of a colloquialism that's a contraction
  • Example(s) of dialects
  • When it is appropriate to use a colloquialism

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on colloquialisms
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about specific examples of colloquialisms
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding informal speech and when it is used

Additional Learning

To learn more about informal everyday speech, review the corresponding lesson called Colloquialisms: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define colloquialism
  • Describe what idioms and idiomatic phrases are
  • Examine specific examples of colloquialisms, such as the word 'jiffy'