Informal English

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Gleaned from antiquated dictionaries, dialect glossaries, studies of folklore, nautical lexicons, historical writings, letters, novels, and miscellaneous sources, Informal English offers a captivating treasure trove of linguistic oddities that will not only entertain but also shed light on America's colloquial past. Among the gems are:Surface-coal: cow dung, widely used for fuel in TexasBone-orchard: in the Southwest slang for a cemeteryChawswizzled: "confounded" in Nebraskan idiom. "I'll be chawswizzled!"Leather-ears: to Cape Cod inhabitants, a person of slow comprehensionPuncture lady: a southwestern expression for a woman who prefers to sit on the sidelines at a dance and gossip rather than dance, often puncturing someone's reputationWhether the entries are unexpected twists on familiar-sounding expressions or based on curious old customs, this wide-ranging assortment of vernacular Americanisms will amaze and amuse even the most hard-boiled curmudgeon.

Here is an example of formal English that you might come across in a book: As the price of five dollars was reasonable, I decided to make the purchase without further thought. The same thought would be expressed quite differently in informal English. Knowing when to use formal or informal English at work will depend on the business, the industry, who you are speaking with, and what you are talking about.

2. Not being in accord with prescribed regulations... Informal English is used in everyday conversations and in personal letters.